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NBA great Michael Jordan says he was racist in new book

Published on May 8, 2014 2:32 AM
Michael Jordan watches as the Charlotte Bobcats play the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 26, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan says in a new book that he considered himself a racist growing up.

In a new book entitled "Michael Jordan: The Life" by author Roland Lazenby, the five-time National Basketball Association most valuable player and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, says that as a teenager he was "against all white people."

Excerpts of the book published on Wednesday by the New York Post include Jordan describing how growing up in North Carolina during the 1970s, where he said the Klu Klux Klan thrived, helped shaped his views on racism.

In one instance, Jordan recalls a school girl calling him the n-word. "So I threw a soda at her," Jordan says in the book. "I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people."

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