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Michael Jordan issues statement on Donald Sterling: ‘As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted’

Apr 27, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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Michael Jordan is in a unique situation to speak on the Donald Sterling allegations, being both a former Hall of Fame player and a current part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jordan declined to comment when he was first given the chance, which was (sadly) to be expected from anyone serving in an ownership capacity, at least initially.

But coming from two separate places apparently caused Jordan to have a change of heart, as he issued a prepared statement on Sunday.

From Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

“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. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”

Jordan’s remarks are important, because they’re the first we’ve heard from any of Sterling’s fellow owners.

The normally outspoken and accessible Mark Cuban wilted under the pressure to say something before his team’s Game 3 win over the Spurs.

As Jordan came to realize a day later, that type of non-response in a situation like this isn’t a good look, no matter the obvious reasons for choosing that position.

Jordan may have been late to comment as far as players and coaches are concerned, but he should be commended for being the first one in an ownership role who was willing to speak out.

  1. rawgator06 - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Good. He is the most well-known athlete in America and has been the face of basketball for a long time. We need him to take a stance against that racist.

  2. showtime1911 - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I’m proud of u frat brother -mj. Omega psi phi fraternity.

  3. Gordon - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    2 other owners spoke out before MJ…Heat and Spurs.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Didn’t say a word until LeBron did.

    • money2long - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      What’s that supposed to mean
      Were you trying to make some kind of point ?
      Or did you just want to use lebron’s name to turn you on ?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        (i’m trolling, that’s what the kids call it, right? you fell for it. although I do feel strongly about the next post I made. but this one was just to irritate. don’t tell anyone)

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    And what a soft stance at that. “Appropriate Action”? What does that even mean? LeBron said he should be kicked out of the league. THAT is a stance. All MJ said is that he’s mad that racism exists. Really? Well jeez Mike, we had no idea. Next thing you know, MJ will take the position that 2+2 may equal 4.

    • bougin89 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Didn’t you keep posting a while ago that you “can’t stand the idiots on PBT anymore”. Then you post things like this?

      But lets get back to what’s important here. Clearly MJ is in the wrong this weekend because of his statement. Lets focus our blame on him instead of the real issue here. *rolls eyes*

  6. brookwell2013 - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    A bit disappointed in Cuban for not speaking out. We all can guess how he feels (disgusted and outraged like almost all of us) but I kinda wish he would have said something forceful because love him or hate him the man speaks his mind.

    • worldbfree4me - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM


      Cubano showed his true colors when he concurred with the Cavs owner that LeBron shouldn’t be able to just leave.. I believe that he talked smack about Dwight Howard not wanting to come to Dallas to play. These guys are Millionaires many times over so they can say what they want to. Legal Counsel is a speed dial away should they cross to far over the line.

  7. sportsjunkie76 - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Part Owner of the Bobcats? You make it sound like he owns 1% like Jay-Z did for the Nets.

  8. vegasdestroyer - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I’m disgusted too that anyone gives a hoot what this old coot thinks. Of course, if the media spent its time on the serious issues that confront this country, that would be something to talk about.

    • angiew1943 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Racism isn’t serious and important? It may not compare with the Ukraine problem in the world view at the moment, but it still important enough to keep it in the forefront of our news. Racism is alive and well in this country, and that is something that should be disturbing to everyone fifty years after Equal Rights was passed!

      • worldbfree4me - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        I concur wholeheartedly! In fact, I’m still hoping that people of color someday, get the “40 acres and a Mule” as promised..

    • obmig - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      sports media covers sports teams, not serious issues that confront the country. this is a basketball website.

  9. maraneso - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    So there’s going to be an investigation, but everyone should condemn him in advance anyway. Got it.

  10. ksingleton101 - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Don’t forget to buy my shoes! I recently read a story of poor people in Mississippi and the reporter showed a picture of a young man standing on the street corner wearing Michael Jordan shoes. Why is he selling the most expensive shoes on the planet to the poor?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Are you saying a poor person should not be allowed to buy Jordan’s shoes? It’s not your income to decide.

    • 1historian - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Q: Why is he selling the most expensive shoes on the planet to the poor?

      A: Why are they buying them?

  11. hommie12 - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Michael Jordan dumps his blk wife for a younger white woman. He’s the last person to say anything.

    • obmig - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      wouldn’t that prove that he isn’t racist?

  12. antistratfordian - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    It’s about time MJ stood for something.

  13. dvic13 - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Not that it should matter, but his new wife is Cuban.

  14. the8man - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I have never cared what MJ had to say. But I am a Celtics fan.

    I do like the underwear he pitches, though. Tagless! Yeah! That is genius.

  15. bostonfrogs - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Good thing Phil Knight wasn’t the one to say it–then Michael’s ethics would have really been torn…

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