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“No One’s a Perfect Father”: Michael Jordan Got Honest on the Learning Experience of Parenthood Post Bulls Retirement in 1999

Published 08/31/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

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Michael Jordan has admitted to being a father with flaws. MJ has five children from two relationships. He shares three children with Juanita Vanoy; Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine. Jordan married Cuban model Yvette Prieto and had twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel, with her.

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Not a lot is known about Jordan’s private life. He usually likes to keep his personal life away from the media. However, he once got candid about his experience as a parent.


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Michale Jordan spoke to Larry King about being a father. He talked about how being a father has a learning curve. According to Jordan, no one is a perfect father. When he addressed Larry’s questions in 1999, Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine were just little kids, and Victoria and Ysabel were not even born yet.

When Larry asked Jordan if it is tough for kids to have a celebrity as a father, Jordan shared his thought about it. Jordan agreed that there is a strike on his children as there are added expectations on his children. He spoke about believing that his children would surpass him. MJ believed that he could not change his past, but his children would learn and eventually make their own decisions.

Larry King and Michael Jordan talk about parenthood

MJ was asked if he thinks he is a great father by Larry King. Jordan’s answer was quite thought and spoke about how he is learning to be a good father.

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Jordan said, “I think I am. Each and every day is a learning experience about fatherhood. No one is a perfect father. My kids are great. They have a lot of my personality and a lot of my wife’s personality. At the end of the day, it is about teaching them how to make decisions.”


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MJ later spoke about how he thinks his children are dealing with his stardom and face it every day in their life. He believes he cannot shelter them from his past, but he can be there for them.

MJ supports his children with every inch of his body

Bulls legend Jordan may be the greatest basketball player ever, but his parenting skills are not far behind. Years after Jordan told Larry that there were expectations from his children, his son Jeffrey decided to play basketball in the collegiate circuit.


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Jordan said, “I want him to be his own person, you know? I want him to enjoy his life, whatever he chooses to be, you know? If you play basketball, you’re a doctor, you’re a lawyer, whatever, I’m gonna support you with the love and every effort, every inch of my body.”


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There were expectations from Jeffrey as Michael Jordan’s son that plays basketball. What was important to him was the fact that his father supported him no matter what.

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Written by:

Shrey Gupta


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Shrey Gupta is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently a third year undergraduate student at Krea University in Andhra Pradesh earning his degree in Economics, while also creating content for ES and gaining his first experience in the field of sports journalism and writing. An avid basketball fan, his current favorites are Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell.
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Jito Tenson