COURTSIDE STORIES: Ugly Michael Jordan fan encounters


While he was playing basketball, Michael Jordan had an enormously big fan base, which still exists to this day, yet it is considerably smaller. A lot has been said about Jordan’s attitude towards fans and his character in general. Even his friends, among which is another NBA legend Charles Barkley, have said in the past that Jordan is not perfect. But who is?

And the fans of course have their stories to tell, especially if they involve Michael Jordan. Truth is, these stories aren’t always pretty. Below are three anonymous stories from fans, who have shared their memories on Michael Jordan.

It should be noted that arguably the best player ever to play the game shouldn’t be judged by just a couple of fan stories, but sometimes it is good to see the “other side of the coin”. Read on.

“I was at a party in Florida where he [Jordan] was and some of his friends. I know the owner, so I asked if I could get in that area to possibly meet him and the owner said “I own the place and I can’t even enter that area”. Then one of his friends looked a a girl dressed promiscuously and said “how are THESE people getting in here?” It was kinda loud. So, Jordan made all that money from sports fans and can’t even acknowledge them.”

When my husband and his twin brother were kids, and we’re talking under 10 [years old], they saw him [Jordan] walking down the sidewalk and my BIL asked him for an autograph. He flat out refused and just walked on past them. My husband has disliked the guy to this day.”

I met him [Jordan] in a club in NYC, he was there with Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal], he asked me if he could sit at my table while he waits. Shaq shook my hand but Michael had one of those old school cell phones and was playing with it and ignoring me.”

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 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.

This post is part of EXNBA’s “Courtside Stories” series. Check out our other series below:
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