Michael Jordan said he could no longer stay silent on racial issues.
So, with the police shooting Keith Scott in Charlotte and bringing the spotlight to Jordan’s backyard, the Hornets owner is speaking out.
As usual, he doesn’t take a controversial stance.
Statement from Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan – 9/22/16
“First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured.
“In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”
If Jordan wants to bring the community together, he should urge the police to release their videos of their encounter with Scott.
Both sides have too quickly jumped to conclusions, believing one version of events or another. But only police have claimed video supports their narrative. Yet, they’ve declined to release it.
There could be legitimate reasons to keep the video private for now, but unquestionably, more transparency would increase the trust Jordan desires. If that’s his overriding interest, he has a clear avenue to push for it.