Basketball Legend Michael Jordan Confesses He Was a Racist
By Dhrubajyoti Biswas | May 7, 2014 2:36 PM EST
Legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan stated, as a teenager, he was a racist and was against all white people.
Jordan further mentioned in his new book the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in his home state North Carolina gave more foundation to cultivate the object of racism.
Jordan started his playing career as a baseball player, but later opted to basketball because of the racism slur.
In the television series Roots, Jordan talked about the oppression of the African-American ancestors, and that made him to understand more about the racism.
During his school days, Jordan had been often the victim of racist attack. In 1997, a girl referred him a n*****. He was quick to react and threw a soda at her.
The incident caused his suspension from school. His mother was instrumental to make him understand about the problem and told to forget about the idea of racial hatred.
"I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people," Jordan said.
The news came into spotlight when racism was a major topic after Donald Sterling made racial comments. Jordan, who owns Charlotte Bobcats, made a scathing attack on the fowner of the LA Clippers.
"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 ... 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 said
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