Michael Jordan: Protesting athletes ‘should not be demonized or ostracized’

Washington( CNN) Former NBA star and owned of the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan spoke out Sunday in support of athletes choosing to kneel in protest during the national hymn.

“One of the basic rights this country is structured around was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest. Those who rehearsal the human rights of calmly express themselves shall not be required to demonized or shunned, ” Jordan said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer.

Jordan’s observations come after President Donald Trump kindled spat by lambasting athletics anatomies for stooping during the national anthem in rally of ethnic inequality and abuse.