Michael Jordan Was Left Redfaced after Oprah Winfrey’s Flirtatious Question

Published 05/24/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

Michael Jordan is probably one of the greatest players of all time, but he too is a victim of the “flirt”. Television host Oprah Winfrey was one of those who did it heavily when he was on the show. Jordan, of course, laughed it off and didn’t mind it too much.

In a 1996 appearance on the Oprah Show, he was surprised by the first question she asked. Oprah asked, “I tell you, did you smell me?“. Michael responded to this question with a negative and then she said, “I’m wearing Michael Jordan’s Air. That’s what I am wearing.” “Air” was Jordan’s recently released cologne, which according to Winfrey, smelled “fresh and clean.”

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The awkward flirting did not end there, though. Right after that, she continued, “Do you know how big you are? And I don’t mean in size!” Winfrey told Jordan before the audience burst into laughs.

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“Do you realize the enormity of your fame, and what you mean to people? Does it ever hit you?” Jordan had fun with the question and reminded Oprah that they’re ‘such great friends.’ Then, he started talking about how hard it is to be famous. “Sometimes,” Jordan replied. “When I can’t do basic things like I can’t just move around, I can’t go to the grocery store, I can’t get out of my car and pump my gas without someone coming.”

Michael Jordan- The first global NBA superstar

During that period, Jordan was unquestionably the best player in the league. He had won the regular season MVP and the Finals MVP that year. Jordan also was the scoring champion, but most importantly, he won his 4th NBA title for the Chicago Bulls.

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He was not only the best player in the league but was also the face of it for a long time. Jordan was a global superstar who put the NBA on the map. He made basketball a global sport played by everyone.

He was one of the most famous athletes in the world during that period. Hence, women shooting their shots might have been a very common occurrence to him.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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