Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, issued a statement on Sunday about the recent inflammatory comments that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have said to his girlfriend.
The alleged remarks were racially insensitive and have caused a firestorm throughout not only the NBA, but nationwide.
Jordan, who famously avoided any kind of political overtones throughout his playing career, had the following to say about the situation in a prepared statement:
“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.”
With the groundswell of outrage that has developed since the alleged remarks from Sterling came to light, it will be interesting as to how new NBA commissioner Adam Silver responds.
Silver said on Saturday that the league will be conducting an investigation into the remarks in an effort to make sure they are authentic before determining any kind of punishment.