Michael Jordan played key role in NBA boycott negotiations: report
NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is playing a key role in the NBA boycott negotiations, sources told ESPN.
Jordan is the only Black majority owner in the league and serves as the NBA Labor Relations Committee chairman. He reportedly spoke with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul, who is president of the National Basketball Players Association, and with Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook, among others, about issues of social justice.
The former player and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets served as a mediator during negotiations after three playoff games were postponed and the NBA announced that there would be a meeting between players and management to discuss how to proceed.
President Trump has criticized the boycott and called the NBA a “political organization.”
On Wednesday, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, and the NBA later postponed the league’s remaining games for the day following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old man in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday.
Some MLS and MLB teams canceled their games as well. Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka also announced Wednesday evening that she would sit out a match.
Multiple NFL teams also canceled their practices on Thursday to discuss social justice contingency plans.