Since players & owners can’t come to an agreement and end the lockout, it looks like there isn’t going to be an NBA season this year. Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time and current majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was one of the strongest advocates against giving the players concessions in the new collective bargaining agreement. Instead of using his multilateral experience to unite opposing sides, Jordan drove a wedge between them by going hard against the players. Now NBA players feel betrayed by their idol and many of them are publicly voicing their displeasure.
Ron Artest (I’m not calling him Metta World Peace, even if his name change is legal), told TMZ that the players felt as if Jordan didn’t show support “when we most needed him” during the negotiations.
“He’s an owner now, so I guess [as] an owner, he’s on the other side,” Artest said. “The players, we didn’t say Jordan’s name. We were just supporting each other. And then Jordan came out and said, ‘the players need to do this and do that.’ But we’re the same guys who looked up to Michael Jordan when we were kids, the same guys that wanted to fly like Mike and be like Mike. Even though we’re guys from different companies, [we] still love Mike, love his sneakers and everything. Guys just felt like he didn’t support us when we most needed him.”
Stephon Marbury, an NBA outcast who now plays professional basketball in China, was less forgiving and ripped Jordan with a misspelled fiery rant on Twitter.
Micheal Fake Jordan is a sell out. #Period. He forgot which hole he came out of. I said it “Stephon X Marbury”… MJ went from MJ the black cat to a guy who forgot he was a player. Sell your team if you can’t make a profit.. Your just a regular dude now! … When he rapped the Bulls for 36 million for one year no ones said nothing about that…
He’s just a man. I know he’s some people’s GOd but real is real. Dude forgot he played and demanded millions… he wasn’t my idol I just loved his game. He never did nothing that I knew about to change the life off of the court other then hit cats over the head for a 100 150 dollar sneakers and still doing it. Jim Brown said it best. Micky mouse type cat. Wave and break you pocket for as long as he can.
He didn’t create nothing. The game was played way before him…
Jordan definitely looks like a hypocrite since he was a strong advocate for player’s rights back when he was a player. After all the money he made on the court, he can’t understand why his successors want to get paid? It’s partly his fault they’re so money-hungry! But is anyone really surprised by all this? Honestly, when has Mike ever stood up for anything other than filling his own pockets? He’s always been apolitical; the polar opposite of an outspoken Muhammad Ali. In fact, Jordan basically ushered in the “shut up, smile & get paid” era for professional athletes.
This is the same guy who famously said “Republicans buy shoes too” when asked about his refusal to make a formal political endorsement in a Senate race. The same guy who undermined Bulls teammate Craig Hodges, who was a social activist off the court. Jordan allegedly had Hodges blackballed from the league after Hodges took MJ to task for ignoring social/political issues and doing nothing for the urban community.
Charles Barkley, a good friend of Jordan’s, once told a story about how he and MJ went to dinner at a fancy restaurant. Barkley saw a homeless guy and gave him some money. After chiding Barkley’s generosity, Jordan went outside, took the money from the man and gave it back to Barkley. “If he wants to count change he can work at McDonald’s,” Jordan said, according to Chuck.
Knowing how greedy he is off the court, it should come as no shock that Jordan would leave the NBA players high and dry at the negotiations. I loved Mike as a player, even if he did bump my Knicks out of the playoffs year after year. I’m a hypocrite my damn self ‘cuz even as I write this, I’m rockin’ a fly pair Jordans on my feet… third-world sweatshop labor makes for good shoes.
But NBA players and fans are now seeing Michael Jordan for the selfish, stingy, hypocritical Grinch he really is. No wonder he’s been wearing that Hitler mustache lately.