Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and his name brand will donate $ 100 million to organizations dedicated to racial equality and social justice amid protests in the United States that erupted after the death of George Floyd.
“Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and the name brand will provide $ 100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education,” said a statement posted on the Jordan brand’s website.
“Black Lives Matter. This is not a controversial statement. Until ingrained racism is completely eradicated, we will continue to strive to protect and improve the lives of black people,” it said.
African-American George Floyd died in Minneapolis during police custody, and his death caused riots not only in cities in Minnesota but also in other States of the country. Videos surfaced on the Internet showing police officers handcuffing Floyd, knocking him down, and three of them leaning on him, with one of them putting a knee on his neck. Floyd says several times in the video that he can’t breathe. He later died in intensive care. Four police officers were fired after the riots began, and one of them was charged with negligent homicide.