Michael Jordan Racist?

The greatest basketball player of all time admits that he was a racist.

Michael Jordan was a self-described racist "against all white people" when he was a teenager.

The admission is one of many that comes from a new book, Michael Jordan: The Life, by Ronald Lazenby.

MJ went on to say that in the mid-1970's the Ku Klux Klan was dominant in North Carolina, buying uniforms for sports teams and bibles for schools.

When he first began to play basketball he was told that he was inferior because of his race and he was one of only two black children on team.

He specifically remembers in 1977 a girl called him a "N*****" so he responded by throwing a soda at her and he was then suspended from school. And that was when he began to change his mind about races. After he was suspended his mother told him that he can't spend his life consumed by racial hatred.

Fast forward 40 years, the six-time NBA champion and now owner of the Charlotte Bobcats was one of the first people to publicly speak out against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Jordan feels the issue in two separate ways,

"As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. 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."

So should MJ be held in high regard for reforming his ways and standing out against Sterling or is he a hypocrite and has no right to speak out?

I believe and hope it's the former!

Article Added: 2014-05-07

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