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Michael Jordan releases statement on George Floyd: ‘I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry’

Jesse Reed
NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan before a boxing match in Las Vegas
May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chicago Bulls former player Michael Jordan in attendance before the boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

His Airness has spoken. Michael Jordan, who does not often speak out on major issues, issued a statement Sunday on the death of George Floyd.

Jordan’s manager and spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, shared the statement on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan wrote to open his statement. “I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.

“I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our voice to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be a part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.

“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.”

Protests have continued to take place in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed while in police custody, and in other cities across the nation.