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In Honor Of Michael Jordan’s 54th Birthday, Here Are Reddit’s Favorite MJ Rumors

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Nineties kids like me were indoctrinated into the church of MJ from birth. The entire stretch of 1990-1999, in retrospect, seems like one massive Michael Jordan circle jerk that came (pun intended) to a head (pun not intended) with the 1996 release of Space Jam. But the onset of the internet has allowed for a different narrative to have been formed: that which paints Michael Jordan as one of the largest asshats in the world. The World Wide Web abounds with rumor after rumor of MJ’s misdeeds — some verified, most unsubstantiated. But where there’s stank, there’s typically shit, so you’ve got to imagine at least some of those rumors which lack current credibility might have some truth to them, right? Legally, I don’t think I can claim that any of the following internet MJ rumors posted on Reddit here and here are true, but I will say that I wouldn’t be surprised if they were.

who doesnt let their family come to their nba finals games. come on. his poor wife must have seen straight through that

Maybe he just didn’t want to give her the flu?

My uncle dealt cards to him at a casino a while back. Everyone hated him. Didn’t tip, and was a sore loser. Barkley was cool.

Not tipping when you make more money in a week than most people make in a year is a massive (asshole) power move.

He would harass pippen for his migraines. One time he threw a stat sheet in scotties face and asked “another fucking headache Scottie?”

That’s not very nice.

I could have sworn I read a story told by a guy about Michael shoving a young woman at a casino who wanted his autograph.

Apparently the girl was a humongous fan of Michael. Posters all around her apartment, owned tons of Jordan shoes, etc. She also apparently kept a laminated card/picture of him in her wallet just in case she saw him so she could get an autograph from her hero.

So she was out with some friends in Atlantic City when Michael strolls through the pit with a couple bodyguards. She pulls her card out of her wallet, grabs a pen, and approaches him. Apparently he palmed her face/head and threw her to the ground, looked at her, and started laughing, then walked away. One of his bodyguards picked her up, apologized for him, and followed the herd.

Evidently the next time her friend was at her apartment, he noticed she had taken all of his posters down and had gotten rid of the shoes. He never talked to her about it, but noticed she was demonstrably more depressed afterward for quite a while.
Edit: found it.

Read that linked source story at the bottom… Jesus.


Mugsy had the ball with the Hornets down 1 in game 5 of the playoffs. Jordan backed off of him and told him: “shoot it you fucking midget.” Mugsy shot it, didn’t come close. A year later Mugsy actually told Johnny Bach that he believes that single play ruined his career. His shot never recovered.

Sadly, this one has been debunked.

He wouldn’t pay his gambling debts so the mob killed his dad.

That’s more of a conspiracy theory than a rumor, as one of the comments on this “story” pointed out.

I remember a story about him playing pool with someone and he lost and then got pissed and said the table wasn’t regulation. I can’t remember who he played against.

I can’t say I wouldn’t do the very same…

It was either 1991 or 1992 a year or two before I was born my Dad met Michael. He was recently laid off of his job so that summer he started working at a pizza place part time while looking for a job in his field. Now he could probably tell the story a lot better but one night MJ ordered some pizza’s to be delivered. He didn’t give his last name or anything just “Mike”. So my dad drove up to his house/mansion wherever he was living (Northbrook? Evanston? I’m not exactly sure where he lived or where my dad lived by).

My dad gets to the door. Now, keep this bit of information in your head. My dad was driving a 1990′ BMW at the time. Maybe this has something to do with what Mike did maybe it doesn’t. Dad rings the doorbell. Sure enough, it’s Michael fucking Jordan in the flesh. My dad’s absolutely livid and starstruck. From what I remember my dad was asked “How’s it going? What was the total?”. Now while he’s counting his money he looked up and saw my dad’s car parked. Seeing that it was a BMW and that maybe Michael judged him for driving a nice car and only being a pizza delivery guy he ended up giving him exact change! Now, my dad also cooked up that MJ just might be a guy that doesn’t like to tip. He has a lot of different theories but that story is always told whenever someone brings up the 90s’ Bulls or Michael Jordan.

TL;DR My dad was stiffed by Michael Jordan

Same color and same model of my dad’s car for reference.

Looks like we’ve got a anti-tipping theme here from MJ.

Working in PR I’ve met my fair share of celebrities, so I’m not easily impressed. But like any kid who grew up in the era of Jordan’s greatness, when I saw him, I was instantly starstruck. I was out at a club with friends when we noticed that he was in the VIP section next to us. All night I watched him turn down people for autographs and pictures. “I don’t want a picture, so I’ll be different,” I thought. When the club let out, I finally got up the gumption to try to say hello and at least shake his hand. IDK if it was the alcohol, the high heels or the excitement of possibly being able just to say hello to a legend, but I fell! There I laid on the ground, directly in his path, as he stepped right over me. Some other guy helped me to my feet and was like, “Well that was f*cked up.” It was like a movie. In an odd turn of events, by the time I rejoined my friends, he’d sent a representative over to them inviting them back to his hotel. “Mr. Jordan would like you to join him at his hotel,” the guy said pointing to a black SUV. Also of note, he was at the club with his girlfriend (now wife).

Literally stepping over people. TFM.

Michael Jordan was super jealous of Scottie Pippen, because Madonna would fly into town and pick him up in a limo and go have crazy orgies with him but when he tried to get her to fuck him, she turned him down because his cock wasn’t big enough for her and Pippen’s was huge.

That’s not a rumor you want going around, Michael.

You’d never believe this but one time these aliens came to earth, held Michael Jordan hostage and made him play a basketball game. If he lost they would have taken them to their planet for entertainment purposes. He won though

Yeah, right. Suuuuuure.

Happy 54th, Mike.

[via Reddit, Reddit]

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Jared Borislow

Jared Borislow (né The DeVry Guy) is a Senior Writer for Grandex Inc and a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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