CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice.
In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of “ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”
“Black lives matter,” the statement said. “This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of black people.”
The Basketball Hall of Famer, 57, is the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. The Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, the shoe giant that Friday committed $40 million over the next four years to support the black community.
Jordan also released a statement Monday on the death of George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police.
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan said. “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.”
Floyd, a black man, was in handcuffs when a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired and is charged with murder and manslaughter.