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Michael Jordan issues statement on alleged Sterling racist remarks

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Michael Jordan says he is 'disgusted' with alleged racist comments from Sterling. (USATSI)
Michael Jordan is 'disgusted' with alleged comments from Sterling. (USATSI)

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Former NBA great, Hall-of-Famer, and current Bobcats owner Michael Jordan issued a statement Sunday regarding the alleged racist comments from Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

"I look at this from two perspectives -- as a current owner and as a former player. As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly.

As a former player, I'm completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA -- or anywhere else -- for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level. "

The statement comes as a change in M.O for the Bulls legend, who has always shied away from political situations and controversy. The strength of the language illustrates the widespread outrage at the alleged comments.

LeBron James spoke out on Saturday while Kobe Bryant tweeted the same day, as many players weighed in with their thoughts on the explosive situation. The NBA has said it will investigate the matter before issuing a statement. Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday Sterling will not attend Game 4 between the Clippers and Warriors.

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