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Michael Jordan releases statement on Stuart Scott

In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan smiles as he talks about the progress his NBA basketball team is making. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan joined a chorus of athletes, journalists and fans in remembering longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.

Scott, 49, succumbed to cancer Sunday after a seven-year battle with the disease.

Here’s a statement Jordan released to ESPN, via Darren Rovell:

I’m so sad to hear the news that Stuart has passed away. He was truly a trailblazer in his field, and by refusing to change his style, made himself into a star. I always enjoyed sitting down to talk to him. But to me, he wasn’t just a broadcaster, he was an old friend, who I’d known since college. He fought so hard against cancer and I hoped he’d win the battle. I send my sincerest condolences to his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, and his family and friends. Boo-yah, my brother.

Jordan and Scott were both North Carolina alumni. Jordan left the school in 1984, and Scott graduated in 1987.

Here’s an old Sunday Conversation with Scott and Jordan.