06.25.09 9 years ago 5 Comments

Jeffrey Jordan has quit the basketball team at Illinois after one season, and I’m guessing that the demands of the college game were just too much to handle for a guy who can still be Michael Jordan’s kid while sitting on his couch playing the Wii. From SI, via Sportress Of Blogitude:

The former walk-on guard surprised nearly everyone Wednesday by announcing that he plans to focus on his studies, just a few months after Illinois coach Bruce Weber said Jordan had a chance to earn more playing time and even a leadership role during his junior year.

“I loved playing for the Fighting Illini and appreciate the support I was given by my teammates, coaches and the great fans here,” Jordan in a statement. “But I have come to the point where I’m ready to focus on life after basketball.”

College sports are hard, and while the kid probably isn’t worrying about money, he probably didn’t enjoy playing ball in the Big Ten–a full-time job by itself–for free. It’s just a crappy internship at that point. With lots of male nudity. Can’t really blame him for giving that up. I can only wonder how it would feel to quit a sport and then tell your dad. Would that be really difficult or really easy? Eh, he could always stay at Mom’s house for a few months. Whenever she gets tired of the pool boy, anyway.

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