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  • There Was Rampant Speculation About The Motives Behind His Father's Murder on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#7) There Was Rampant Speculation About The Motives Behind His Father's Murder

    Michael Jordan's father, James, was last seen alive on July 22, 1993. Twenty-one days later, his family told the police that he was missing. One day after making the report, a John Doe who had been found in a swamp in McColl, SC more than a week earlier was identified as being the basketball star's missing father. Two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Demery, were eventually convicted, receiving sentences of life in prison. The generally accepted motive for the crime is a robbery gone bad - the elder Jordan had pulled his Lexus off the highway to take a nap and had been shot after waking up to find the two teens attempting to steal the car.

    But in his failed 2018 attempt to receive a new trial, Green disputed many of the claims made in the prosecution's version of events, a version that had been built mainly on Demery's claims, as Green never even took the stand during his trial. Twenty years prior to this attempt to be given a new trial Green refuted his co-defendant's claim that Green had been the one to shoot Jordan.

    "I did not kill Mr. Jordan, no sir," Green told WRAL-TV in 1998. "...that's cut and dry. It's not like I was even there..." Green identified Demery as the actual shooter but went on to say that he felt that both of them were "pawns in a game."

    Although Green didn't elaborate on what kind of game he and Demery may have been part of, his comment suggested that the motive was not as simple as robbery. Which was in line with the media speculation that was prevalent in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Some reporters rushed to suggest that the whole thing was somehow connected to Michael Jordan's well-known gambling habit. The FBI's refusal to rule out any motive for the elder Jordan's murder helped to boost this speculation, as did Jesse Jackson when he called  the murder "a highly calculated gangland-type killing."

    Mark Whicker, who was then a sports columnist with the Orange County (CA) Register, wrote: "For now, we just know that there is evidence of the son's gambling problem, and there is suspicion of a son's paying [off his gambling debts] problem. The father of that son has been murdered. Coincidence, anyone?" 

    The speculation continued even after Demery and Green were arrested. In an August 15, 1993 column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Scott Ostler wrote: "All of us who were cooking up murky theories in the death of Michael Jordan's father have to feel pretty crummy today for having turned the murder into a parlor game, I refuse to feel chagrined for having played 'Who Murdered James Jordan.'" Ostler gave three reasons for his lack of remorse: (1) the teenagers were only suspects; (2) Michael Jordan himself had been carrying on a campaign to cast shadows over his reputation with his links to gambling and crime; and (3) the basketball star was too famous for reporters to just focus on the basketball while ignoring the off-the-court stuff.

  • Jordan Taunted Dikembe Mutombo By Hitting A Free Throw With His Eyes Closed on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#19) Jordan Taunted Dikembe Mutombo By Hitting A Free Throw With His Eyes Closed

    Dikembe Mutombo is best remembered a great shot blocker, and for the finger wag that he liked to break out after stopping an opponent from scoring on him. According to Mutombo, it took Jordan seven years before he was successful in dunking on the big man. But the Bulls' star was able to get to him in other ways. Early in the center's rookie season, Jordan dropped 37 points in a game against Mutombo's Denver Nuggets. The last of those points came on a free throw that Jordan took with his eyes shut, telling Mutombo that although he hadn't dunked on him, "I'm giving you this."

  • Jordan And NBA Commissioner David Stern Deny MJ's First Retirement Was A Secret Suspension on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#4) Jordan And NBA Commissioner David Stern Deny MJ's First Retirement Was A Secret Suspension

    It's no longer a secret that Michael Jordan loves to gamble. But it wasn't until 1992, when Jordan was called to testify in the criminal trial of James Bouler to explain why the convicted drug dealer was in possession of a Jordan-signed personal check for $57,000 that his penchant for gambling really became public knowledge. The basketball star initially claimed that the money was a business loan, but under oath admitted it was actually payment for a gambling debt incurred over a single weekend.  A few months later, Richard Equinas published his book Michael and Me: Our Gambling Addiction...My Cry for Help; one of his claims in the book was that he had won around $1.25 million from Jordan by betting on golf. Around the time of the book's publication, the New York Times reported that Jordan had been spotted at the Bally's Grand Casino in Atlantic City on the day prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and that although he'd checked out just after 11 p.m., had been spotted in the casino as late as 2:30 a.m.

    After the Bulls won their third straight NBA title that summer, the NBA launched an investigation to see if Jordan may have violated any league rules with his gambling. On October 9, NBA commissioner David Stern announced that the investigation had ended and that there was "absolutely no evidence Jordan violated league rules." Stern also claimed that there was no connection between the investigation and Jordan's decision to retire from the NBA, which had been announced on October 6.

    But Stern's statement didn't end the speculation that Jordan's retirement announcement was a cover for the fact that he had actually been suspended from the NBA. Speculation that was fueled when Jordan's reply to a question about if he would ever return to the NBA was, "Five years down the road, if the urge comes back, if the Bulls will have me, if David Stern lets me back in the league, I may come back." 

    In Episode 6 of The Last Dance documentary that aired on ESPN in 2020, Jordan reiterated that his first retirement from the NBA was due mainly to a combination of his exhaustion and lack of interest of continuing to play basketball and his grief over his father's murder. Stern (who died in January 2020) also appears in the documentary and again denied that he had suspended the basketball star. 

    "Ridiculous," Stern said. "I could bang on the table, say ... it's a slanderous lie, but whatever, it's just not true. Never was and never will be no matter how many times people ask the question."

  • Jordan Gave A Young Tiger Woods Advice On How To Approach Women on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#15) Jordan Gave A Young Tiger Woods Advice On How To Approach Women

    Jordan and Tiger Woods have been friends since the latter was a teenager. Woods was still a decade away from the cheating scandal that destroyed his marriage when he went up to Jordan and baseball star Derek Jeter at a New York City nightclub one night in 1996 to ask them how he could approach women as smoothly as they did. Their advice? "Just go tell them you're Tiger Woods."

    There are stories that a family friend of Tiger's parents had warned them to keep him away from the basketball legend, but that he ignored the warning. Given Jordan's own cheating scandals, in retrospect it can be said that, at least when it comes to giving advice on women, Jordan might not have been the best person to give advice to Woods.

    When Jordan and his first wife Juanita Vanoy divorced in 2006, she was awarded a staggering $168 million in the settlement. He allegedly paid Karla Knafel $250,000 to keep their relationship a secret but in 2006 she hit him with a paternity suit, though she lost the suit when a DNA test showed that he wasn't the father of her child. In 2013, another alleged former lover, Pamela Smith sued Jordan, claiming she'd had an affair with the married basketball star in 1995 and that he was the father of her son Taj, who had been born the following year. Smith's suit ended up getting dismissed - the judge called it a big publicity stunt, pointing out that paternity of the boy had been determined years earlier (Jordan was not the father). The judge even ordered her to pay Jordan's legal fees.

  • The Oakland A's Offered Jordan A Major League Contract In 1994, But He Wanted To Earn His Spot on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#8) The Oakland A's Offered Jordan A Major League Contract In 1994, But He Wanted To Earn His Spot

    According to former Oakland A's GM Sandy Alderson, Jordan could have skipped playing minor league baseball and gone straight to the majors. In a May 2020 Baseball Tonight podcast, Alderson admitted he offered Jordan a major league contract when he heard the White Sox were going to send Jordan to the minors.

    "When I heard that was happening, or about to happen, I called his agent right away and said, 'Hey look, I understand he may be going to Double-A. I don't even know who the 25th man is on our major league team right now, I will sign him and put him on the major league roster," Alderson told Buster Olney. "He'll be part of our 25-man team. Tomorrow.'

    The former GM admitted that the reasoning for his offer was to spur more interest in the A's, who had been 21st in attendance the previous season. According to David Falk, who was Jordan's agent at the time, Jordan turned down the A's offer because he wanted to earn his spot, not just be a gimmick. “I was excited about [the offer], and Michael was very appreciative,” Falk told MLB.com. “But he wanted to do the baseball thing from the ground up. He didn’t feel he deserved a spot on the Major League roster and didn’t feel he was ready. He didn’t want to be a Herb Washington type who would just steal bases and be a part-time outfielder.”

    Loyalty to Jerry Reinsdorf, who owned both the Bulls and the White Sox, also played a role in Jordan's decision. “Michael’s an amazingly loyal guy,” Falk said. “If not for his relationship with the White Sox, [the A’s offer] might have been something he might have done.”

  • Jordan And Charles Barkley Are No Longer Friends Because Sir Charles Talked Smack About How MJ Ran The Bobcats on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#13) Jordan And Charles Barkley Are No Longer Friends Because Sir Charles Talked Smack About How MJ Ran The Bobcats

    Although Jordan and Charles Barkley were fierce rivals on the court, for years they were close friends and gambling buddies off of it. But the friendship fell apart in 2012 after Barkley criticized Jordan's success as a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (and his earlier tenure as the president of the Washington Wizards).

    "I think the biggest problem has been I don't know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to," Barkley told The Waddle & Silvy Show. "One thing about being famous is the people around you, you pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don't think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree."

    Eight years later, in the wake of The Last Dance documentary airing on ESPN, Barkley was back on the same radio show discussing the broken friendship. He said that, until the falling out, he thought his willingness to be honest with Jordan was one of the reasons why they had been great friends. “‘I [MJ] can ask Charles anything and I know he’s going to give me a straight answer,’ but… I can’t go on TV and say another general manager sucks and then just because Michael is like a brother to me say he’s doing a fantastic job. That would be disingenuous.”

    The TNT analyst admitted the rift between the two men  “[is] Really, really sad because the guy was like a brother to me for 20-something years, at least 20-something years,” Barkley said. “I feel sadness, but like I said, to me he’s still the greatest basketball player ever. I wish him nothing but the best, but hey, there’s nothing I can do about it.” He went on to say that if the friendship could be repaired it would have to be on Jordan's terms and joked that Jordan had his phone number and could call him whenever he liked.

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Michael Jordan is the most legendary American professional basketball player, as a shooting guard, his nickname is Air Jordan. In the 1984 NBA Draft, he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the third round of the 1984 NBA Draft. He played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards in his career and led the Chicago Bulls to win 3 NBA championships. In 1996, Michael Jordan was selected as the NBA 50 Superstar.

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