Michael Jordan–at one time the most revered and respected man throughout the sporting world–is proving increasingly to be nothing more than a really tall asshole.
There were hints of it during his time in the NBA. First there was Jordan’s short-lived retirement in which the basketball great unsuccessfully chased his baseball muse. Following this were two comebacks, the first of which was highly successful, bringing another string of NBA Championships to Chicago. Jordan’s final comeback, with the Washington Wizards, was ill-advised and legacy tarnishing. But for a while, Jordan’s unearthly talent made it easy to overlook these things.
More recently, Jordan’s douche factor has leapt through the roof, thanks partially to the athlete’s tumultuous personal life. Although Jordan and his wife divorced amicably in 2005, revelations quickly surfaced that Jordan had been maintaining an ongoing affair with gold digger and filer of an unsuccessful paternity suit, Karla Knafel.
A further low for Jordan was his 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Jordan gave a rambling acceptance speech, lashing out at perceived enemies, and re-settling old scores. Jordan’s biggest accomplishment of the evening was humiliating Leroy Smith, who managed to beat the future NBA great for a spot on the varsity basketball team back in high school.
Many observers saw pettiness as the reason Jordan was less than effusive in his praise of Kobe Bryant, who is considered a lock for the Hall of Fame. Of Bryant, who has one less championship than his Airness, Jordan said “If you are talking about guards, I would say he has got to be in the top 10.”
Jordan has always battled issues of character. From gambling rumors to accusations of being a hands-off franchise owner, the cracks in Jordan’s reputation are beginning to show.
But perhaps the most glaring indication of Jordan’s irrevocable slide toward the douche side is his choice of a Hitler mustache.