"We are privileged to live in the world's greatest country — a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities," wrote Jordan. "The problems we face didn't happen overnight and they won't be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities."
While Jordan's position on gun violence is hardly a radical one, his uncharacteristically candid commentary is an unexpected declaration for the NBA icon who fellow Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once accused of choosing "commerce over conscience."
In recent years, Jordan was also dinged for helping turn his beloved sneaker brand into a literally dangerous commodity in communities of color and for not being more active on behalf of Barack Obama during his campaigns for the White House (although he did appear at a 2012 fundraiser for him).
Meanwhile, Jordan's remarks come after a flurry of activist statements from current professional basketball players. NBA superstars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade all made public pleas to stop the violence at the opening of this years' ESPY awards.
And the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever went even further, donning shirts with hashtags honoring Black Lives Matter and the white police officers murdered recently in Dallas. There actions resulted in small fines for the players, and they responded by refusing to take any sports-related questions in a follow-up game. The league eventually rescinded their punishments.
This is also not the first time recently that Jordan, the owner of the NBA franchise the Charlotte Hornets, has been dragged into a public dispute which speaks to cultural issues. Last week, Jordan begrudgingly agreed with the NBA's decision to pull next year's All-Star game out of Charlotte in protest of the state of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill," which many believe permits discrimination against the LGBT community.
And in 2014, Jordan weighed in on the controversy swirling around then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape making racially prejudiced statements about his own players.
"I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and as a former player,"Jordan said in a statement at the time. "As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views."
Perhaps, just as Jordan predicted at his polarizing Hall of Fame induction ceremony speech that his journey with the game of basketball was far from over, it appears that his evolution as a public figure with considerable influence has continued, too.