Carmelo Anthony reacted to Michael Jordan finally breaking his silence about police brutality and cop targeting the same way we seemingly all did — about damn time.
Before writing a heartfelt letter about the topics Monday, Jordan had long been criticized over his failure to address matters affecting the African-American community.
So, better late than never, right? Melo drove that point home later in the day by applauding MJ for his "brilliant" comments and for finally speaking up.
Melo is dead on. Although Jordan broke his silence on these matters years late, him doing so still carries plenty of weight. After all, Jordan is as powerful an African-American as there is, as Melo said.
Anthony's praises for MJ came hours after Jordan announced that he's pledging $1 million each towards battling police brutality and the targeting of cops.
"I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change," Jordan wrote as part of his letter. "To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund."
Hours later, Anthony saluted Jordan from the Challengers Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles, where he was joined by WNBA star Tamika Catchings, DeMarcus Cousins and other members of USA Basketball's men's and women's national teams.
They were there to openly discuss relationships between law enforcement and communities in a talk called "Leadership Together: A Conversation with Our Sons & Daughters."
Since joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul onstage at the ESPYS nearly two weeks ago in calling on fellow athletes to do more in their communities, Melo has certainly been front and center about sparking that change.
Props to him.
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