A basketball legend can no longer stay silent over the police shootings and shootings of African Americans.

FOX's Jared Max reports: 

In an essay titled, "I Can No Longer Stay Silent", basketball legend Michael Jordan wrote:

"I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent."

Jordan writes:  

"We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers - who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all - are respected and supported."

The lengthy essay also includes this from Michael Jordan: 

"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."

He said 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."

Jared Max, FOX News.

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View Michael Jordan's full statement here