Michael Jordan, Who Was Playing Blackjack Alone at a Chicago Casino, Kept MLB Veteran Waiting Through 4 Levels of Security to Meet Him

Published 05/02/2022, 3:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan during 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Thanks to his exploits on the basketball court, Michael Jordan is now a household name. Furthermore, his achievements off the court make him even greater.

However, his attitude garnered a lot of hate throughout the course of his career. In a classic case of Jordan being Jordan, he made a popular baseball star wait for a long period of time.

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The story goes something like this: Jordan was having a good time alone in a Chicago Casino when Mark Grace decided to show up. However, he had to go through long security checks before he could meet MJ.

Michael Jordan shows enormous power in a hilarious story

Michael Jordan is a known winner. The Chicago Bulls legend is one of the most decorated NBA players ever and has achieved success outside of the court as well.

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021, Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar

Thanks to his successes, MJ’s name holds immense power. A story shared by MLB legend Mark Grace proves just that.

The two were Chicago-based athletes during the same era. While Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls, Grace represented the Chicago Cubs.

However, this wasn’t enough for Grace to earn a smooth entry into a casino to meet Jordan. Talking in an interview, the MLB legend shared how he and his parents went through 4 levels of security in order to meet Jordan.

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Grace said, “So, the second floor is the blackjack and the casino, it’s empty. There’s at least 70 blackjack tables on this boat that are not being used. One is. That’s where Jordan is playing. We go up and there’s this huge giant of a man.”

He added, “It’s one of Jordan’s security guys. The big giant man says, about 30 feet away, there’s another big giant man that you need to go talk to. After about four of these, we got to Jordan’s tables and he is playing by himself in this enormous second level of the boat.”

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After eventually getting entry into the casino, MJ was gracious enough to offer Mark Grace a game. However, the Chicago Cubs legend denied the opportunity as he did not want to embarrass himself in front of one of the GOATs.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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