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This ESPN Guest Is Not Impressed With Michael Jordan’s Newfound Altruism, Shares Another Way to Allocate Funds

On Monday’s edition of ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” sports journalist and educator Kevin Blackistone calls out Michael Jordan for his $2 million donation to the NAACP and a national police organization to stop violence in Black communities.

Atlanta Black Star reported yesterday that the NBA Hall of Famer is donating $1 million each to the International Association of Chief of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations  and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as a response to recent incidents of police brutality.

In the clip, Blackistone minces no words and says that Jordan’s donations would not help as much as he thinks.

“I’m hard-pressed to believe that you are emotionally moved by the extra-judicial killing of Black men in this country and then cut a check to the police,” Blackistone concludes. “The police are not in need of funding … The city of Baltimore has paid out nearly $12 million in settlements for police brutality lawsuits between 2010-14 …”

Blackistone also says that money could be better put to use by the Black Lives Matter movement to create a legal arm.

The commentator points out that Jordan has real influence and can change things if he wants to.

According to Blackistone, the NBA great should convince Hanes underwear company to reopen factories in urban areas that prevent the next Eric Garner from selling loose cigarettes in the first place.


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8 thoughts on “This ESPN Guest Is Not Impressed With Michael Jordan’s Newfound Altruism, Shares Another Way to Allocate Funds

  1. Shawn Mc says:

    unfortuntly he only sees life through a black and white lense, your etheir on my side or theirs, also facts about cases go out the door replaced by emotions and slogans.

    for him to think michael jordan has say so over a company platform or business model is idiotic at best

  2. Keith Diggs says:


  3. LaMont Davis says:

    Shawn Mc Totally disagree .

  4. Carolyn Bond says:

    I am sure MJ, realize the conundrum, he is in…. A rock and a hard place.

  5. James Green says:

    all i can say is atleast he stepped and and said something with his attempts to show that he has an attachments to his people outside of the purchase of his merchandise. he's playing it safe, by donating to both. he's a businessman so he thinks on terms of what would be best for his brand…and he just said that his brand is neutral, instead of standing on his own ideals and morals..

  6. Von Bailey says:

    No. He did it because he was a business man and people were calling him an uncle tom. The Lebron James and his buddies came out and said something and he looked even more like a he didn't care about anything except his money.

    The statement was crafted by a publicist team making sure that he gave both sides equal weight. He could have said absolutely nothing and had the exact same impact on the issue.

  7. Von Bailey says:

    If it was about economics then you're saying that MJ is attempting to manipulate the deaths of black people and the police in a way to not affect profits and if at all possible, to enhance them. Well, if that was the point then MJ should have kept his mouth shut because people's lives are more important than his bottom line and the implication that they aren't makes him a pretty disgusting human being.

  8. James Green says:

    Von Bailey oh trust me I know..i've been one of the biggest critics of MJ since i learned that he's invested into building prisons that house people that looks exactly like him. I was just saying, not that he gets any kind of pass, that something has finally came out of his camp concerning anything social. his sincerity is questioned by anyone with common sense, but i hope his sports and business contemporaries force him to open his eyes and his wallet to fund the cause of BLM

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