Michael Jordan Has a Special Secret Tattoo No One Knows About

Published 01/02/2021, 9:06 AM EST
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan is one of the best players NBA has ever seen. Not only was he super talented, but MJ, even today, has a very intriguing personality. He differs greatly from most players in the league.

While majority of the stars in the league, like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith and Anthony Davis have numerous tattoos, MJ was different. He only has a single tattoo, and that too is pretty much unknown to most NBA fans.

Veteran NBA writer Sam Smith, in an article for NBA.com, revealed that Jordan indeed had a tattoo on his chest. He writes, “Little known is he has a tattoo, an omega horseshoe above his left breast that he always was a bit sensitive about.”


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‘His Airness’ only has a single picture where this tattoo can be in. A shirtless photo exists of him on the cover of Bob Greene’s Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan.


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What does the tattoo symbolize?

The tattoo symbolizes his commitment to the black fraternity Omega Psi Phi, which he joined while he attended the University of North Carolina.

The 14-time-All Star has been spotted throwing up the fraternity’s signature “hooks” gesture publicly. After winning his championship in the 1991 NBA finals, MJ was seen showing off the omega sign.

Jordan has been pretty secretive about his personal life. Seeing him publicly sporting his fraternity’s sign paints a pretty different image from what is usually expected of the GOAT.

Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls

MJ’s impact on the Chicago Bulls was instant. As a rookie, Jordan showed the world how big of a talent he is. In his very first season, he became the scoring champion for the league.

Although ‘His Airness’ was succeeding individually, the same was not true for the team. The Bulls struggled in the playoffs, and Jordan had to wait for six seasons for a championship run.

In the 1990-91 with a proper supporting cast around him including Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant, MJ won his first championship for the Bulls. He went on to win the next two more championships for the team before announcing his shock retirement.


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Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

In the one and a half years he was away from the game, the Bulls remained a top side in the East. But without Jordan, they couldn’t make a deep playoff run.

He returned in the middle of the 1994-95 season. But being away from the game hurt MJ. He was rusty in his return, and it looked like he won’t be the same.


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However, in the 1995-96 season, MJ and the new-look Bulls were ready to assert their dominance once again. They became the champions once again and went on to achieve a three-peat.

Once MJ and the Bulls dismantled at the end of 1998, the Bulls were never the same. The team has never been able to replicate the impact Michael Jordan had. The Bulls saw their best with Jordan. Without ‘His Airness’, they have struggled since and haven’t been able to cement themselves as a top team.



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.