Sports Producer Reveals Her Awkward and Embarrassing First Meeting with Michael Jordan- “Can You Go Get Me Some Coffee?”

Published 03/16/2021, 4:18 PM EDT
Michael Jordan (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)


Michael Jordan was certainly one of the most charismatic basketball players to ever grace the court. Be it his impeccable skill on the court, or off of it, MJ had it all.

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Being the face of a league certainly has its perks. From being the most influential player on the court, or being the magnet of endorsements, Jordan understandably was at the center of everything.

The media constantly barraged the 6-time NBA champion, but unlike some other stars at the time, MJ was always patient during pressers and interviews and had a way to handle all the limelight.

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Veteran sports producer reveals awkward first meet with Michael Jordan

ESPN producer Mandy Cohen is one of the most respected women in television sports production. But before joining the sports giant ESPN, Cohen worked for the WGN-TV based in Chicago in the 1990s.

Working in Chicago certainly had its perks for Cohen as she constantly covered the iconic 90s Bulls. But before her journey of covering the Bulls began, the 8-time Emmy winner had a rather awkward first encounter with superstar Michael Jordan.

Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

In an appearance at the In All Airness podcast, Cohen revealed her awkward first meet with Jordan. She said, “My first meeting with Michael Jordan not quite broadcast appropriate.

“Went to my first practice on the road, I was sitting on the sidelines on the court, walked in, sat down, everybody was getting to start shoot-arounds.

“I was with two male co-workers. Michael looked around, walked right to me, and said, ‘Excuse me, miss. Can you go get me some coffee?’ The two men next to me who know me very well were like, ‘Oh boy, Oh God’.”

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He added, “I said, ‘Excuse me sir.’ Then something not so nice came out of my mouth and he jolted his head to the side. If it was a movie, then there would be breathless silence for everybody.

“He puts his hand out and goes ‘Michael Jordan’. And I said, ‘Mandy Cohen. I am the Producer here and I do not get coffee.’ and he said, ‘Fair enough’.”

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While Cohen might have started off on the wrong foot, the veteran producer went on to have a distinguished career ahead. She eventually won 8 Emmys and continues to work with ESPN.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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