Michael Jordan issues statement about Charlotte protests

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — As protests continue in the wake of the fatal shooting of a man by Charlotte police earlier this week, one of the Queen City’s most prominent residents has issued a statement.

Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan began by expressing condolences to the family of Keith Scott, who was shot and killed during a confrontation with police Tuesday. He also said he wished “for a full recovery to those who have been injured.”

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“In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways,” Jordan’s statement continued. “As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”

Charlotte has erupted in sometimes violent protests the last couple of nights since Scott’s death. Gov. Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency last night to help bring order.

The Hornets became part of the story overnight, when protestors vandalized and looted the Hornets Fans Shop in uptown Charlotte. According to our affiliate station WSOC in Charlotte, the team issued a statement today saying the team is still looking into the extent of the damage.

The Carolina Panthers and the NFL say they are monitoring the situation, but that the team’s 1 p.m. Sunday game against the Minnesota Vikings is still planned as scheduled at Bank of America Stadium.