Michael Jordan hasn’t always taken the lead when it has come to speaking up on important social issues, but to his credit, he has been more vocal with regards to them in recent months. Back in July, he spoke out about police shootings and said that he "can no longer say silent" in a statement he issued to The Undefeated. He also donated $1 million to both the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund at that time.

This week, the issue of police shootings has hit a little closer to home for the Hornets owner. On Tuesday, a police officer shot and killed a black man named Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.. An investigation into the shooting is still taking place, but there have been protests going on throughout the city for the last two days, and at one point on Wednesday night, the Hornets team store played a part in those protests and sustained extensive damage:

Early Thursday afternoon, MJ decided to issue a statement about the Scott shooting and the subsequent protests that have taken place in Charlotte. You can read what MJ had to say here:

No word yet on what role the Hornets might play in the community in light of what is taking place in Charlotte right now.