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Michael Jordan Breaks Silence and Slams On the Topic of National Anthem Protests — People Are Pissed

After a weekend of complete chaos surrounding the national anthem protests in the NFL, many celebrities have come out either in support of or in opposition to the players’ decisions. NBA players including Steph Curry and LeBron James have weighed in on the situation, but there’s one NBA legend who just broke his silence on the issue.

Michael Jordan was completely silent on political issues and refused to take a stance on anything political all the way up until 2016 when he condemned police brutality against African-Americans. Now, Jordan is taking aim at the issue of NFL players protesting the national anthem.

It all started when Curry made comments about Donald Trump’s remarks regarding those who choose to take a knee that led Trump to tweet the following:

LeBron James responded:

He expanded on Trump’s comments with a video:

Now Jordan is taking aim at the issue by picking a side. On Sunday night, he said:

“One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest. Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized.

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.”

People weren’t too happy with his comments:

It will be interesting to see what happens with national anthem protests in the upcoming NBA season following comments from the most popular players in support of peaceful protests.

Watch the video below.

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Barry Newton

    September 28, 2017 at 4:08 am

    It’s in the NFL rules a62 a63 that players will stand for national anthem. Breaking their own rules can’t trust anymore.

  2. Robert Stine

    September 28, 2017 at 4:11 am

    When you complain about your unbelievable privilege, wealth and freedom to do anything, you usually LOSE IT.

  3. Eileen Roberts

    September 28, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Who cares what you think? Not the majority of the American people!!! I can’t wait to see how they feel about their unpatriotic antics when it starts hitting their pocketbooks! We the People have power and it is time to put our foot down and state across the board and in all areas – including politicians, and get the message across that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior anymore; from athletes or celebrities or their affiliates. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Let’s hurt them where it counts. Tired of the whining. These last couple of generations have no morals, no manners, no loyalty or respect for our country, no sense of etiquette, no patriotism, no clue on what is really going on in America, no feeling of responsibility, but entitlement and protection from anything that hurts their feelings. BOYCOTT EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM!!!! No great loss for sure. That is all I have to say about that!

  4. Mark Shortess

    September 28, 2017 at 4:19 am

    It the utmost in double standard when players cant exercise their freedom of speech by mourning the murders of the 5 police officers or the 9-11 victims but allowed to openly insult the fans and military who make their excessive salaries possible. I hope all fans stop watching these events and supporting these thugs who think they are our hero’s.

  5. Bob Benevides

    September 28, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Real Americans hate people that hate America. It doesn’t matter what the color of their skin is. Nothing worse than filthy rich people complaining that life isn’t fair.

  6. Robert

    September 28, 2017 at 4:57 am

    The athletes are not paid to be politicians with dialectical opinions; they are paid to follow the instructions of their employment, and play football. Jordan must understand the difference between acceptable on the clock behavior, and off the clock behavior.

  7. Sammie

    September 28, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Free speech on your own time, not at the workplace. People didn’t pay to hear your political opinions.

  8. sandra tabor

    September 28, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I do not support the NBA actions. I believe we all need to take a stand for this beautiful country, and take back what is ours. Come together, and those that don’t want to needs to make a decision on what the future holds for them and their families. I thank all the veterans, service men, and women for their sacrifices, and services to our country. I stand for the flag proudly, and everyone else should too. The flag stands for liberty, justice, freedom, and the lives that were lost protecting our country. I believe that protesting should be done on your own time, and not bring it to work with you.

  9. Joann

    September 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

    If you want to protest about something, it’s your right. But just leave the things that make this country great alone. If you don’t like it here just hop on a boat and go to Germany and help that country deal with all the immigrants pouring in to there country .

    • Judy

      September 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      You’re right! And Jordan’s wrong with this starting with Trump’s comment. Our boycotts actually began with that VULGAR halftime display by Beonce disrespecting our MEN IN BLUE.
      The support of the NFL has gone downhill since then.

  10. Donna McCance

    September 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I read an opinion of a former Colonel who said that it is like spitting on the flag of his men who came home with that flag covering their coffins. The morale of our military men and women must be bad that these game players are fighting the flag that they, the soldiers, are fighting to defend. Those players are disgusting.

  11. Ben

    September 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    What is being lost here is-No one is saying you don’t have the right to protest. It’s how and where you protest. Protesting at the time when your country that gave you that right is being honored is NOT the time. These protest are like a shotgun blast. Their all over the place. 1st police brutality then equality then the right to protest and then the president. C-mon man! Get it together. Pick a time and place spend the time in debate like real adults and maybe there will be real progress.

  12. lorna Bryan

    September 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Free speech. Is white different fro. Disrespectful speech. And why are we listenening to Michael Gordon and this Rude. Rude Millionaire LeBron. You people give him this big voice because you are paying him to disrespect the United
    States that you live in. So it is time to shut him up he is not important. YOU pay him. SO STOP. Teach him some Respect “

  13. Bill Borden

    September 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    If peaceful protest is acceptable then fans boycotting the league is also peaceful protest and when the league can no longer pay these idiots they can peacefully protest in the unemployment line. Statistics show that most of them will be broke within a few years of leaving the league after making many millions of dollars. That, in itself, shows how stupid they are.

  14. Joanne Miller

    September 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    They can do what they want and protest what they want, BUT not at work. That’s MY TIME, I PAID FOR, and if they want me to keep paying for it, they will stand and show some respect!

  15. bobby cotner

    September 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Protesters that infringe on my bought and paid for time are RETARDED. They are used by the Democrat Party to spread hate for each other. The Democrat Party is kept alive by those that hate.

  16. rebecca l sellers

    September 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Go to Iran. There is a better way to express yourself than total disrepect of a country that gives you as much freedom as you want. What do they think is going to happen oh wait they will blame the white race for them not making money when they stop buying tickets to see those fools playing a stupid game. Well maybe Michael Jordan will paper them or something I think not esp. when hedoesn’t even tip his waitress or dealers when he gambles.

  17. Kathryn Hermann

    September 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    It’s hard to believe Jordan took a side on this at all cus everyone wear tennis shoes! Now it’s really turning into a blacks hate Trump thing, but that’s not true their are Black Patriots that follow & respect Our President, Our Country & Our Flag! Don’t loose the Faith Ppl these are the options of small minded individuals!

  18. Edward Swan

    September 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    JORDON IS MAKING HUGE MISTAKE AND WILL LEARN TO KEEP HIS STUPID COMMENTS TO HIMSELF

  19. Kevin McKinney

    September 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hate to burst ur bubble. No one watches the NBA anymore. Revenue has fallen steadily for several decades.

  20. Frannie Albers

    September 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I have a son over seas in the military. To think he is over there leaving his wife and 2 little girls { the youngest is 5 months and he has never seen her} behind to protect trash like the NFL, just makes me sick. But he does it because he loves his country and wants America Great again. And to think Jordon backed them is sickening. I have bought my last pair of Nike shoes and anything with his name on it.

  21. Joan

    October 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Ditto to all the above posts. Unfortunately,Communism is alive and well in our country and becoming more so each day. These cretins have infiltrated our political system, education system, sports and judiciary systems. They are to be feared and fought to our last breath. Me thinks a civil war is brewing.

  22. Joan

    October 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    They are trying to destroy and make irrelevant, our police, the only law and order to protect ‘we the people’. Don’t like America, please leave.

  23. Etnarolf

    October 2, 2017 at 1:58 am

    MJ think of something better to do. You became filthy rich because you are here in America, if not, you are f**king dungeee..

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