Carmelo Anthony Responds To Michael Jordan’s Statement on Police Violence
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Carmelo Anthony wholeheartedly agrees with Michel Jordan speaking out about police brutality.

During a community meeting in Los Angeles that included the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic basketball teams, Anthony was asked about Jordan’s recent statement on police shootings and violence. 

Jordan, who has for years kept mum on social issues, said in a statement released yesterday via The Undefeated: “I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

According to Complex, Anthony told reporters, “I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf. And…it’s not always about money and giving back, but for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”

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