Having Once Refused Money to a Beggar, Michael Jordan Reveals Why He Donates to Charities

Published 10/12/2021, 9:55 AM EDT


Even after his retirement, Michael Jordan has been an active part of the basketball world. He keeps his fans buzzing and engaged through social media as well as his interviews, etc. Aside from his on-court heroics, Jordan has also donated a lot of money to charities across the USA.

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As a hugely celebrated icon and one of the greatest players of his generation, the 58-year-old uses his platform to the best of his abilities. In a recent interview, the former Bull addressed his keen interest in contributing to charities.

Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan playing against New York Knick # 20 Rolando Blackman at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

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In his time with the Chicago Bulls, the 6-time NBA champion averaged over 30 points. He won multiple MVP awards, and is a 14-time All-star. After officially calling it a day on his career in 2003, Jordan started his magnificent rise in the business world. Currently, he is the owner of NBA franchise Charlotte Hornets as well as NASCAR’s 23XI Racing. He is also a very humble person, actively giving back to the society in whatever way possible.

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‘Cheap’ Michael Jordan shares his views on contributing to charities

For a long time now, ‘MJ’ has been trying to do his part in eradicating inequalities. The lesser known fact is that many years ago, former player Charles Barkley accused Jordan of being ‘cheap’, claiming that he refused to give money to homeless people.

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On the contrary, over the past two years, Jordan has pledged over $100 million to various charities. He has strongly upheld his morals, and believes in giving back to the society. Having such a high brand value, it is only obvious that the legend makes the right use of it. In a recent interview with Today, Michael Jordan spoke about his charity work.

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Upon being asked what drives him towards putting in large sums of money into charities, Jordan said, “Actions speak louder than words.” He has surely walked the talk, paving the path for other celebrities to contribute to the ones less fortunate. “I can say a lot of different things, but my actions have been that I wanna make a difference,” claimed ‘His Airness’. Mainly for social causes and building of community health centers, the superstar pays out of his own pocket and through his Jordan brand.

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Michael Jordan is certainly leading from the front as he always has. He is truly a maverick, and making the best use of his position. Nobody will forget his invaluable contributions on and off the court.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a Tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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