Former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets,...

Former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago on Aug. 21, 2015. Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan has called for peaceful demonstration and conversation in the wake of the violent protests in Charlotte.

Jordan expressed condolences to the family of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man who was killed by a black police officer, and to those injured in the ensuing protests in a statement Thursday.

The Hornets owner said, “In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways.”

The Hornets team store was looted on Wednesday during the protests.

Jordan says the Hornets are committed to working with “elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”

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