If there’s one thing that age has taught, it’s the separation between Michael Jordan, the athlete, and everything else MJ. As great as he was on the court, Money’s a somewhat of a lousy role model in reality. He’s notorious for being petty and holding grudges, plus that same competitiveness that made him great in the gym is said to be the cause of the most assholeness that plagues him elsewhere in life.
Of course, I couldn’t say that to him in person, but Charles Barkley can. As his good friend, Charles has always been the most outspoken about Jordan, never missing a chance to call a spade a spade. He did it again during a recent Conan appearance, recounting the ways in which Money is so tight with his money.
“There’s nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan … he’s cheap.”
“I always give homeless people money and [MJ will] always slap my hand and says, ‘If they can ask you for spare change they can say ‘Welcome to McDonalds, can I help you please?’”
Damn, MJ. Add that tale to the ledger alongside Chamillionaire’s legendary story and Mike’s may be the last person you want your kids to be like.