‘Wanted to Embarrass You’: Dennis Rodman’s Character on SNL Spoof Mocks Michael Jordan

Published 05/16/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 10: U.S. Team assistant Michael Jordan watches the action on #15 during the third round morning foursome matches for The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Club on October 10, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)


The Internet is top-to-toe filled with Michael Jordan memes where he is wearing the pale blue t-shirt and interviewing for The Last Dance. The documentary inspired the NBA fans like nothing else whereas the memes tickled the bellies of even the most non-basketball people. It was as if MJ again became a pop icon after 17 years into his retirement.

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Naturally, Saturday Night Live, being the coolest comedy show in television history, had to do something about this. So, its first-time host, Keegan-Michael Key decided to put his middle name to some work and mock Air Jordan.

When SNL spoof used The Last Dance reference

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Michael Jordan watches during the Morning Fourballs of the Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course. September 26, 2014, in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The 50-YO Keegan emerged as Michael Jordan in the latest SNL spoof and gave his competitive spirit a new high. He participated in a coin toss bet (as opposed to MJ’s golf bets) with bodyguard John Michael Wozniak (Heidi Gardner). It was all rainbows and sunshine until MJ lost the toss and “took it personally.” As a result, Wozniak began losing possessions one after the other.

That’s when Dennis Rodman (Chris Redd) and Charles Barkley (Kenan Thompson) made their entry with Dennis saying, “The thing with Mikey is that he didn’t just want to beat you, he wanted to dominate you.”

So MJ continued with his bashing of Wozniak, who had soon lost his pants, his wife’s respect, and also that signature hairstyle. Well, that was the SNL level which only recently led to Elon Musk allegedly losing $20 billion

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When Will Smith discussed Michael Jordan and his insane competitive spirit

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Almost three years ago, Concussion fame Will Smith appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Just as Jimmy showed Will a picture of him with a young Chicago Bulls Jordan, the actor recalled an interesting story. 

The actor who played the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in one of his flicks, explained how a normal act of hanging out with MJ felt like a competition. He joked about competing with MJ to see who drinks more water until one puts down the glass. Take a look at the entire sequence –

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Interestingly, this interview happened years before Netflix released the documentary, proving that MJ’s competitive spirit was popular well before that.

So out of many such instances, which one gets to become your favorite ‘MJ Meme’ moment? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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