Michael Jordan, whose fame in sports is matched only for his reputation for avoiding politics, published an open letter in ​The Undefeated, addressing the atmosphere of mistrust clouding relations between minority communities and the police who serve them. Here are some excerpts from the letter, which was titled "I Can No Longer Stay Silent."

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.