During parts 5 and 6 of ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” shown Sunday night, it reminded the world what Michael Jordan was willing and unwilling to do at the height of his fame.
Known for his willingness to take risks, Jordan was not willing to dive into off the court things, with him being attributed to saying “Republicans buy sneakers too” in the context of his unwillingness to get involved in social activism.
Jemele Hill took to Twitter and thought the documentary could’ve easily dove right into talking about one of Jordan’s teammates, Craig Hodges.
Hodges actually challenged Jordan for his lack of activism and basically started a confrontation that aided in Hodges’s blackballing from the NBA.
Hodges lobbied the NBA to boycott Game 1 of the NBA Finals in protest of the Rodney King beating. Hodges later wrote in his book that called him “crazy” while Magic Johnson said, “That’s too extreme, man.”
“What happening to our people in this country is extreme,” Hodges said he responded.
After the Bulls won the 1991 NBA Finals in five games, the team took their customary visit to the White House where Hodges could be seen wearing a white dashiki and gave George H.W. Bush a letter admonishing the administration for not doing enough to help African-American communities.
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