“The Proof Is in the Pudding”: Ex Wife Juanita Wasn’t Involved in Michael Jordan’s Last Dance Due to Scars from the Past, Once Claimed Daughter Jasmine

Published 11/23/2022, 4:10 PM EST

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The Last Dance was released in 2020 and it is arguably one of the greatest sports documentaries ever made. Michael Jordan and his last season at the Chicago Bulls were very well documented in the series. Many personalities contributed to narrating the story of MJ and the Bulls’ opulent history. But there was one person missing, and she was Jordan’s ex-wife, Juanita. The former couple’s daughter, Jasmine Jordan, once explained why her mother was not involved in the entire process.

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The Last Dance has been a tremendous hit since it was released and it showed what Jordan went through in his final years. There were multiple people in the series, including his teammates, coaches, and family members. But Jordan’s wife at the time, Juanita, was nowhere to be seen. There was no mention of her as well.

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Juanita Jordan’s daughter, Jasmine Jordan, once explained in a 2020 interview why her mother was nowhere to be seen.

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Michael Jordan married Juanita Vanoy in 1989, and they had three kids together. The couple finally filed for divorce in 2006, in one of the most public divorce settlements ever. However, there was no mention of her in the Last Dance.

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Their daughter Jasmine once explained why. During a 2020 interview, she said, “At the end of the day, if you’d ask my mom, she lived it. There’s no need to go down memory lane and bring up everything that has already happened when the proof is in the pudding.”

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 “She was at the championship. She was at the retirement ceremony. We saw her in her glory… so no, I don’t think there’s a need to rehash and go through it all. She already lived it,” she added.

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Juanita had to deal with a ton of rumors and reports about Jordan when they were together. She was there with him during his greatest years and she witnessed it firsthand. The former couple has dealt with their fair share of problems before separating.

The two filed for divorce in 2002, but they eventually got back together. However, they again filed a few years later and their divorce was finalized in 2006. It was one of the largest divorce settlements in history as Jordan had to pay $168 Million. The two have rarely been seen together since, and the Last Dance was further proof of that.

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.
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