Ladies and gentlemen, the GOAT has spoken.
After initially declining to speak on the subject matter prior to Game 3 of Miami-Charlotte, six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Bobcats owner in Michael Jordan has finally spoken out against Donald Sterling and his racist ways. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed…. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
Jordan adds to the list of dominating figures, Barack Obama, Lebron James, Magic Johnson, etc., who had spoken out against the Clippers owner whose latest racist remarks has him under fire by the media, fans and NBA.
Considering Michael Jordan’s history of refusing to speak out on matters that didn’t pertain to himself or his investments, him speaking up and against Sterling speaks volumes on how important the matter is. Like Lebron and Magic, Jordan’s comments puts more pressure on Adam Silver to heavily penalize Sterling for this rather it be a huge fine, a lengthy suspension, or the scenario we’d enjoy most, seeing Sterling forced to give up ownership of the team.
According to Silver, the NBA hopes to have something done by Game 5 of Clippers-Warriors which takes place Tuesday, so until then more evidence will be gathered on the case.