Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, speaks as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, right, listens during a news conference, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, to announce Charlotte, N.C., as the site of the 2017 NBA All-Star basketball game. (AP Photo/File)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement.
The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner said Monday he’s giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.
Jordan says in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that “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.”