Michael Jordan has defended his infamous reluctance to take to take political party during his NBA career, saying he considered himself an activist.
In comments made on the final episode of the documentary series hit “The Last Dance” on ESPN, Jordan addressed his oft-quoted quip that he had avoided politics because “Republicans buy sneakers , too. “
Jordan said the remarks, which came during the race of the Senate of the United States in 1990 in North Carolina between Republican Jesse Helms and challenger Democrat Harvey Gantt, was a comment flippant as a joke.
Helms was a controversial figure who had been accused of racism throughout his career, ac opponentHarne of the Act on civil rights in 1964, which also opposed the establishment of the day Martin Luther King federal holiday commeUS.
“I do not think that statement needs to be corrected because I said jokingly on a bus with Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen,” Jordan said.
“He was thrown cuff My mother asked to do a PSA (public service announcement) for Harvey Gantt, and I said.” Look, Mom, I’m not talking about pocket of someone a I do not know. But I sent a contribution to support him. that’s what I did. “
Jordan added that he saw himself as an activist athlete the vein of former boxing champion heavyweight Muhammad Ali.
“I congratulate MuhammadAli to stand for what he believed, “Jordan said. “But I considered myself an activist. I considered myself a basketball player. “
Jordan admitted that his al apoliticposition could be seen as selfish in some neighborhoods.
“I was not a politician when I was playing my sport. I am focused on my job, “Jordan said. “Was it selfish? Probably. But that was my energy. This is where my energy was. “
Jordan, now 57, insisted he did not regret, saying he had sought to set an example by his accomplishments as athletes.
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