What Are the Two Things That Michael Jordan is Most Afraid of?

Published 01/02/2021, 11:34 PM EST
Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


During his playing days, Michael Jordan had a fearsome personality and unmatched mentality. In fact, ESPN’s The Last Dance docuseries revealed that some of his teammates even feared him due to that personality.

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Regardless of his approach, MJ always got the job done. By the time he retired, Jordan was already regarded as the greatest player of all time by most people. However, there are a few things that Michael Jordan is afraid of.

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NBA writer Sam Smith revealed MJ’s only two fears in a recent article on the official NBA website. Smith wrote:

“Jordan was upset because he thought it would destroy his image. That carefully cultivated image, while profitable, also hung over Jordan like a dead weight. I remember once talking to him about things he feared, figuring he’d mention death or serious injury.

“He mentioned swimming since he said he couldn’t and feared the water as he’d once seen a friend drown. But he also mentioned something happening and it staining his image as a major fear. I was a bit taken aback. He talked about a recurring nightmare about having done something embarrassing or improper, like using drugs or drinking inappropriately.”

 

During the 80s and 90s, if it wasn’t for MJ, the NBA might not have globalized at an incredible pace. It is only natural that Jordan had an untainted image because otherwise, the NBA could have never promoted him as the face of the league.

Michael Jordan confirmed his fear about his image

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Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

In the same article written by Smith, he also included an excerpt from a Michael Jordan interview. In the interview, Jordan said:

“It’s a nightmare of me doing something that would destroy people’s dreams or conceptions of me. What if I make a mistake and let everyone down, change what they think if me? It’s the biggest fear I have.”

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Although MJ maintained a tough persona for most of his career, he is a human after all. What are your thoughts on this revelation about Michael Jordan? Let us know your views in the comments section down below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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