Michael Jordan has been famously apolitical through his playing career and after, rarely commenting on social issues. While the “Republicans buy shoes, too” comment has always stuck to him, as Roland Lazenby points out in his biography “Michael Jordan: The Life,” Jordan’s “keep your head down and don’t draw attention” political outlook was passed down as a family demeanor used to survive in rural North Carolina.
However, in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer, and the eruptions of protests nationwide, Jordan felt compelled to speak and released this statement.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) May 31, 2020
Jordan’s voice is a powerful one and carries a lot of weight, as do his actions.
How he uses that voice, and the actions he takes going forward, will be watched and can hold a lot of sway.