NBA Hall of Famer, Hornets owner Michael Jordan comments on Charlotte protests
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan released a statement Thursday following two nights of violent protests in Charlotte.
Protests erupted following the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot Tuesday while police tried to serve a warrant for another man. Police say that Scott walked out of his his car with a gun and was shot when he wouldn’t drop the weapon. Scott’s family have said he was unarmed and reading a book in his vehicle.
Jordan’s released this statement Thursday:
“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.”
Retired NBA star Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, formerly of the Charlotte Hornets and still a Charlotte resident, also spoke out on the recent events.
“This is not the city that I came to in 1988,” Bogues told CNN.
Bogues said he sympathized with the community’s outrage.
“People are angry. I understand that,” he said. “Too many things are happening, too many lives are being lost without there being any explanation. I know people have a job to do, but people need transparency. People are really angry, people are tired of our men being gunned down.”
But violence isn’t the answer, the athlete emphasized, after chaos left one person shot and an officer hurt. Charlotte’s residents need to come together, Bogues said.