Michael Jordan Once Put a Reporter in Hospital: “Worrying About You Keeling Over and Dying”

Published 12/28/2021, 2:29 AM EST
Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


Competitiveness is part of all sports on the planets. However, certain individuals take it to a whole new level. Notably, NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan was extremely competitive. He constantly tried to fuel himself and did everything to gain the upper hand. It went to a point where Jordan didn’t hold back, even against a reporter.

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During MJ’s first retirement, he decided to switch sports and pursue his childhood love for baseball. Jordan took part in MLB’s Arizona Fall League. Playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions, the team organized for a basketball game. This is where reporter Steve Gilbert showed up to have a crack at Michael. While he was away from NBA, Jordan never lost his groove.

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan watches the action during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Gilbert found out the hard way as he ended up in the hospital that night.

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Michael Jordan tires reporter and sends him to hospital

With Scottsdale Scorpions organizing a basketball game, most would think it would be a fun contest. However, for Mike it is the time to showcase his talent. There was no way he would take a loss, no matter what the circumstances are. Hence, he came into play. And Gilbert came checked in out of shape. And this came to bite him right back.

Jordan tired Gilbert out to such a degree that he had to be hospitalized that day. Jordan left the reporter out of breath on the court and that was the last time he would share the court with him. After that, Jordan specifically told him that he can no longer play basketball with them.

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Jordan said: “Listen, you can’t play basketball with us ever again, because I can’t have a good time if I’m worrying about you keeling over and dying.”

This is just a classic MJ story where he would do anything to win. For MJ, winning is the ultimate goal no matter who the opponent maybe. Even at Chris Paul’s camp, CP3 put him up to the test. He challenged Jordan to make shots and if he misses all kids would get shoes. Jordan, being himself, he went on a tear and made every shot. Paul even tried to distract him with a hand in his face, but it came to no avail.

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Hence, it is not wise to take on a competitive person such as Michael Jordan because he will not hold back against anyone. Do you think there is anyone more competitive than Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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