Jordan cries, accepting Charlotte ‘Business Person of the Year’ award


jordan-charlotte-person-of-yearMichael Jordan has received another award, a minor one. But him, not being able to hold tears during the acceptance of the award was something surprising.

Jordan broke down as he accepted Charlootte ‘Business Person of the Year’ award.

The Charlotte Business Journal named Jordan its Business Person of the Year earlier in January 2015, after Jordan helmed a restructuring of the former Bobcats into a playoff team in 2014.

“Thank you for allowing me to cry in front of you,” Jordan said, Charlotte Business Journal reported.

His wife, daughter, brothers and financial adviser, Curtis Polk, all attended the event. Jordan spoke of his deep North Carolina roots several times during his remarks, noting he was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Wilmington. In college, Jordan led UNC Chapel Hill to a national championship as a freshman in 1982.

“I’m sort of emotional,” Jordan said. “I take great pride in something the city of Charlotte can feel proud of.”

Jordan still understands that the Charlotte Hornets have a ways to go before they can match Jordan’s heights as a champion with the Chicago Bulls.

“We’re nowhere where we need to be,” he said. “My promise to this community … is to bring a winner to Charlotte.”

A six-time NBA champion, Jordan earned fame and fortune on the basketball court, as well as through endorsements and movies.

The Hall of Fame player won six National Basketball Association championships with the Chicago Bulls. He won the NBA Most Valuable Player award five times and was named an all-star 14 times.

His on-court success and commercial endorsements have made him one of the most recognizable and prosperous athletes in the United States. Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest.


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