Gilbert Arenas Makes Shocking Revelation: “Michael Jordan Threw Away $10 Million Check From Wizards Owner and Said F*ck Off”

Published 12/25/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Michael Jordan of the Washington Wizards


Many regard Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time. He won six championships in his career, all with Chicago Bulls. However, after the 2nd three-peat with the Bulls, the relations between Jordan and the management worsened, and the former decided to retire (for a 2nd time). Jordan made his comeback to basketball in 2001 after signing a two-year deal with Washington Wizards.

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Jordan was past his peak and couldn’t help the Wizards much during his two years as a player in Washington. He also used to run the basketball side of operations in the franchise for three years. He was set to return to the management after his third and final retirement as a player.

Wizards star Michael Jordan watches Denver’s Kenny Satterfield during the first period of last nights game between the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. (Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post) (Photo By Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

However, Wizards’ owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan from his post of president of basketball operations. Former Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has now revealed that Jordan threw a huge check from Abe Pollin after his firing.

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Gilbert Arenas reveals Michael Jordan threw a $10 million check

Arenas joined the Wizards in 2003, the same summer Jordan was fired from his position as president of basketball operations. He has revealed that upon firing, the Wizards wonder gave Jordan a $10 million check. However, Jordan, being angry over his firing, threw away the check and drove off the arena.

“Those guys, ‘We don’t want him as an owner. If this is what he was as a player, we don’t want him as an owner’,” Gilbert Arenas told Vlad TV.

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“He (Wizards’ owner) was like ‘I wrote MJ a check, 10 million dollars. Thank you for your services.’ MJ threw that check and said ‘f*ck off’ and drive out of the arena,” he added.

Gilbert Arenas spent seven seasons with the Wizards and became a three-time all-star. After this incident, Michael Jordan kept himself busy for a while before purchasing a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets).

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In 2010, Jordan finally became the majority owner of the Hornets. Slowly, Jordan expanded his investments and fielded his own NASCAR team, 23XI Racing.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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