Carmelo Anthony Says “About Time” Michael Jordan Spoke About Police-Related Shootings
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who recently made a public call for all athletes to “do more” with their celebrity and status to address the seemingly increasing instances of police-related shootings of unarmed, Black men, praised basketball icon Michael Jordan for addressing the issue.
“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” Jordan wrote.
“About time that he stepped up,” Anthony said.
Michael Jordan is notorious for shying away from political issues throughout his career for the sake of maintaining his business relationships and brand, so it was seen as a major gesture for the Charlotte Hornets owner to voice his opinion.
“At the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s a very powerful African-American. So for him to step up in the midst of these times now, it was very big.”
Anthony, who has been very outspoken regarding issues of police brutality and also is sponsored by Jordan’s shoe brand, called Jordan lending his voice to the growing discussion as “brilliant”.
Anthony commended Jordan after hosting a community meeting in Los Angeles to discuss police shootings at the Challenger’s Boys and Girls Club, where he brought together police officers community leaders, youth and other athletes. ‘Melo is one of the faces in the forefront of the recent surge of athletes coming together with the hopes of making an impact to reduce the violence.
At the recent ESPY’s Awards, Anthony stood in solidarity with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Paul as they made a collective plea to other athletes to make a stand.
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