“Wasn’t Gonna Be There to Save the Day”: Michael Jordan Taught His Kids a Crucial Lesson That Changed Their Life Forever

Published 08/24/2022, 10:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Marinko Matosevic of Australia at their men’s singles first round tennis match on second day of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan is a global icon. The Chicago Bulls star had received immense fame during his NBA career. His freakish athleticism and insane knack for scoring made him one of the greatest in the business. Likewise, luxury followed ‘His Airness’. However, his billion-dollar net worth did not have an impact on his teachings as a father.

‘MJ’ is a father of five children. Despite his stardom, he was persistent as a father. He made sure his offsprings have the same work ethic as him. Jordan wanted them to make a name of their own. Supporting them in their journeys, the six-time champion has done his part as a father.

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Recently, his second eldest son, Marcus Jordan, spoke about the impact of Michael Jordan as a father.

Michael Jordan didn’t let his kids slack off

Having a billionaire father could go either way. However, knowing the value of hard work, ‘MJ’ wanted the same for his kids. Hence, he instilled a work ethic in each of them to create their own names.

Marcus spoke about his father’s teachings and said: “Early on my dad instilled a work ethic in us that… he wasn’t going to be there to be able to save the day. We kind of had to … have our own skills, kind of speak for themselves and hold our own. So that’s really what we went out and did.”

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Likewise, his children didn’t let him down. Marcus Jordan, along with his elder brother Jeffrey Jordan, both tried to dwell down MJ’s path. However, they only went as far as playing college basketball. After working with the Jordan brand, they went on to launch their own company. They started HEIR Inc, which has a mission to be the new era of digital culture. Notably, they were able to raise a whopping $10.6 million in funding.

Basketball player Michael Jordan clenches his fist while sitting on the bench during a game at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

On the other hand, his daughter, Jasmine Jordan, is working with at Jordan Brand in the sports marketing division. She played a huge role in expanding the sneaker giants into the WNBA.

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She doesn’t want to be the face. Instead, she is happy assisting athletes from the back end. Her goal is to keep the Jordan brand legacy alive at the forefront of the sneaker culture.

MJ‘ also has two identical twin daughters: Victoria and Ysabel Jordan, who are just eight.

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Do you think ‘His Airness’ is smashing fatherhood like his NBA career? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu

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