In the wake of Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA for racist comments, it is expected that all leagues will take race related comments from executives incredibly seriously going forward.

With that in mind, it comes as a surprise that NBA legend Michael Jordan has emerged in a new book about his life recalling that he struggled with racism as a child.

In an excerpt of Michael Jordan: The Life, Roland Lazenby writes:

"Earlier that year, a girl at school called Michael a “n****r.” “I threw a soda at her,” he (Jordan) recalled. “It was a very tough year. I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at that time. Basically, I was against all white people.”

Obviously Jordan and Sterling's situations are very different. Jordan was clearly a victim of racism himself and developed a serious mistrust of white people which he has since shed whilst Sterling has been known to make a number of hateful comments about minorities throughout his life.

Jordan later acknowledges that he was able to learn from the earlier incident thanks to education from his parents and that as an adult he sees the world clearer.

MJ has since gone on to not only be a success in the league but also be a tremendous ambassador both as a player and as an executive.

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