Jordan ‘plain angry’ with racism
(Agence France-Presse) - June 2, 2020 - 12:00am

NBA icon Michael Jordan decried “ingrained racism” in America Sunday as the sports world’s reaction to the death of unarmed black man George Floyd leapt leagues and continents.

“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan said in a statement Sunday, as protests over Floyd’s death on May 25 spawned violence and looting. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country.

“We have had enough,” said Jordan, who was famously reluctant to comment on social issues during his playing career.

Floyd died on May 25 after a white policeman in Minneapolis had held his knee on the handcuffed man’s neck for several minutes.

“We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability,” Jordan said.

Meanwhile, former Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith was seen in video published by TMZ Sports on Sunday beating up a man that Smith said damaged his truck during Los Angeles protests over the death of George Floyd.

Smith can be seen violently kicking the man when he is on the ground and punching him when he rises, before the man runs away.

“I chased him down and whupped his ass,” Smith said in a video posted on The Neighborhood Talk Twitter feed.

He said he wanted to make it clear that his actions against the man, who is white, were not racially motivated.

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