Not one to shy away from new challenges, Michael Jordan will now try his hand at NASCAR. The NBA Legend will join forces with Danny Hamlin and will enlist Bubba Wallace to drive for the team. Wallace will leave Richard Petty Motorsports to drive for “His Airness.”
“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life. The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”
In terms of roles for the team, Jordan will be the principal owner with Hamlin serving as minority partner but will continue to drive for Joe Gibbs. Not since Wendell Scott has there been a black majority owner of a NASCAR team which happened in the 60’s through the 70’s.
From basketball cards to NBA jerseys and apparel, getting your hands on any memorabilia relating to Michael Jordan has always been a quest for sports connoisseurs across the globe. Now, collectors can own another piece of history with a pair of game-worn Air Jordan 1’s that are now up for auction.
The legendary game-worn sneakers are also autographed by the GOAT himself and will be up for grabs to the public starting late July. These sneakers were worn during the 1985-86 season following Jordan’s injury where he fractured his foot. The aftermath resulted in Nike making a special pair to help Jordan on his recovery.
Check out the gallery above and head over to Gotta Have Rock and Roll starting on July 22 for your chance to own a piece of history, however, the starting bid is at a $100,000.
Nike is all in when it comes to fighting social injustice, racism and bigotry. From their recent “For Once, Don’t Do It” campaign to them donating $40 Million over four years to charity, Nike remains fully committed to the cause.
Only a few hours after Nike made their announcement of their $40 million charity initiative, Jordan Brand and Michael Jordan are taking things up another notch as they are fully committed to donate $100 Million over the next ten years to various organizations dedicated to racial equality, education initiatives and social justice.
Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community. Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next.
Click here to find out how you can help the cause.
The ongoing legal battle with Michael Jordan against Chinese knockoff brand Qiaodan has seemingly come to a conclusion.
A trademark dispute lasting eight years has come to an end as the Supreme People’s Court in China has ruled in favor of Jordan. According to China Daily, the Chinese sportswear company Qiaodan was accused of misleading customers into believing that their brand and Jordan were somehow connected. As a result, the top court has prohibited the brand from using the name Qiaodan, which is the Chinese translation of Jordan’s name.
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