"One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest," Jordan said Sunday in response to a question about President Donald Trump's tweet to the Golden State Warriors, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. "Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized."
"At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country, we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division," he added.
Trump created controversy this weekend when he called for NFL players who protest to be fired, using harsh language in the process. More than 100 football players responded by kneeling during the national anthem Sunday, while others around the league locked arms in solidarity.
Although he didn't mention Trump by name, Jordan said he supports the NBA and its players while making it clear he will defend the right to protest.
Jordan has become more outspoken on social issues as of late, from his opposition to House Bill 2 in North Carolina to his comments last year on police shootings. He pledged $1 million apiece to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and NAACP Legal Defense Fund.