Hypocritical Michael Jordan disowns his past
By Lacy J. Banks firstname.lastname@example.org November 9, 2011 10:48PM
Updated: December 13, 2011 8:43AM
Michael Jeffrey Jordan is a coin-operated, two-faced jerk.
The fourth of five children, he was not born rich.
His father, the late James Jordan Jr., did not own an NBA team. He worked as a plant supervisor for General Electric.
His mother, Deloris, also worked as a wage-earner for a bank.
During his NBA career, he always defended the average player because he was a committed, compassionate athlete. His marketing appeal helped players and owners reap millions.
But now that he’s the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan is the chief headhunter for hard-line NBA owners who locked out the players. Commissioner David Stern and the owners want the 57-43 percent split of basketball-related income changed to 50-50.
Jordan, always a big spender and a bigger gambler, leads owners who feel they should get 57 percent of the $4 billion pie. Or, at worst, 53 percent.
For the first nine years of his Bulls career, Jordan didn’t complain about being underpaid. His salaries ranged from $630,000 to $3,850,000, while many lesser players were paid far more.
“If [Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf] offered me more money, I’d take it,” Jordan would say. “But I agreed to those contracts, signed them and feel obligated to play them out.”
In his last two seasons with the Bulls, he finally got his market value, drawing a salary of $33 million in his 10th year and $33.3 million in his 11th. In his last two seasons playing for the Washington Wizards, he was paid $1 million and $1.1 million, respectively.
But now as an owner, he has betrayed players. He has turned his back on his roots. In principle, he also turned his back on the working-class wage-earners who’ve always been the backbone of America.
It’s like he’s telling us, “Hey, I got mine. Good luck on getting yours.”
Then he fights like hell to keep players from getting theirs.
“In the last lockout, Jordan defended his fellow players when he told [Wizards owner] Abe Pollin, ‘If you’re losing so much money, then sell you team,’” said Billy Hunter, the executive director of the players union. “Today, I would tell Jordan to follow the same advice he gave then.”
Stern said NBA teams lost $370 million last year. Recently, the Golden State Warriors were sold for $450 million.
“Michael ‘Fake’ Jordan is a sellout,” former NBA star Stephon Marbury said. “He forgot the hole he came out of. He never was my idol. I just loved his game. When he earned his $30 million a season, nobody complained.”
Warriors swingman Klay Thompson said, “The Jordan of 1996 would never have done this.”
Nobody’s asking Jordan to be any charitable Oprah Winfrey or Muhammad Ali. But it would’ve been nice to see Jordan reach out and use his voice, money and influence to defend the underdog.