Criticized for “Apolitical” Image, Michael Jordan Once Dished Blunt Opinions on Haters

Published 08/14/2022, 4:15 PM EDT

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest players ever to have played the game of basketball. The NBA legend was famous for his offensive skill set. Jordan was a supremely confident player. There was no shot that Jordan couldn’t make. He was the leader of the Chicago Bulls from his first year in the league itself. He was a supremely confident player.

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Jordan was the first player in the league who probably became a bigger brand than the league. He was a hugely popular player due to his playing style and flair. Jordan signed many endorsement deals and business deals. Jordan also served as an inspiration to the next generation of players and kids. However, from time to time, Michael also faced some sort of criticism or other.

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Michael was often criticized for his flamboyant lifestyle. But that was who Michael was. He played with a certain swagger on the court and had it off the court, too. That’s what added to his mystic, his myth. That’s what made Michael the legend he is today.

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A resurfaced playboy interview talks about Michael handles his haters. Here is a small part of that interview.

Playboy: How do you handle pressure from Jesse Jackson and other activists?
To that Jordan said, “I never bow to that pressure because I always keep my opinions to myself. I avoid those types of endorsements from a political standpoint. That’s just me. That’s my prerogative to do so. If you don’t like it, lump it.”

Michael – The greatest player ever

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Michael Jordan is an out-of-this-world player who lifts up his play in the postseason and then thrives in it. Michael’s mythical aura around him comes from his impeccable playoff record. Six NBA Finals appearances in eight years. And to top it all, going undefeated in all those six Finals. Reaching the NBA Finals is not enough, as you have to win those NBA Finals to become a legend.

And Jordan did it not once, not twice but six times.

CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan (L) of the Chicago Bulls smiles while standing next to Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz 07 June in the first half of game three of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The seven game series is tied at 1-1. AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Let us know in the comments below your favorite Michael Jordan memory.

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.

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