CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan is voicing his support for freedom of speech and peaceful protest following President Trump’s decision to rescind an invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to celebrate with Trump at the White House.
Warriors star Stephen Curry said Friday that he didn’t want to go to the White House, and Trump said the next day that he was no longer invited.
Jordan tells the Charlotte Observer in a statement that “those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized.” The Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend add that he supports the league, its players “and all those who wish to exercise their right to free speech.”
Jordan didn’t mention Trump by name in his statement.
“One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful proteѕt. Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized.”
Jordan added, “At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country, we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division.”
“I support Commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA, its players and all those who wish to exercise their right to free speech,” Jordan concluded.
Other top NBA players including the retired Bill Russell and Lebron James agreed with Jordan.