“Cheap” and “Selfish” Michael Jordan Once Splashed $100,000,000 for a Noble Cause

Published 09/22/2023, 12:50 PM EDT

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The NBA is a league with predominantly black athletes. 2020 was the year when the fight against racial inequality was reignited in people’s hearts. Having witnessed police brutality over the years, on May 25th, the killing of George Floyd resulted in people coming forward and expressing the need for equality in America.

Following the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the NBA halted the season for a few months. When they returned to play in the bubble, the athletes showed their support on the court for the black communities in America. Even though he is not a player anymore, Michael Jordan expressed his support for the cause even when he didn’t have a good reputation for the way he spent his money.

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Following the rise of the movement among the people for the minorities in America, the Jordan brand decided to join in and help the black communities in America.

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The statement had this at the top. “The Jordan brand is us, the Black Community.”


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It then talked about the injustice against minorities and how the brand has always stood together with the people. Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand pledged to donate 100 million dollars across 10 years, starting in 2020. This money will go to organizations ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.

This donation from Jordan came days after he released a statement regarding the passing of George Floyd. Following this, Nike, which controls the Jordan brand, also pledged to donate $40 million in the next four years. Over the years, Jordan has been called ‘cheap’ and ‘selfish’ by people for the way he behaved with his attitude and his money. But things have changed over the years.

Michael Jordan’s history with money and competitiveness


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Michael Jordan’s competitiveness made his teammates like Scottie Pippen call him ‘selfish’. They said that he played for his own glory and didn’t care about his teammates.

Charles Barkley called Michael Jordan ‘cheap’ publically. Charles Barkley once revealed that Michael Jordan would slap his hand if he gave money to homeless people. He added, “If they can ask you for spare change, they can say welcome to McDonald’s. Can I help you please”.

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NHL legend Wayne Gretzky also noticed Jordan’s ‘cheap’ behavior when he gave a 5-dollar chip to a waitress at a casino table in Las Vegas as a tip. Gretzky took the $5 chip back, gave her a $100 chip. He then told Jordan, “This is how we tip in Vegas“. Funny enough, he took the $100 chip from Jordan’s pile.

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Rijin Varghese


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Rijin is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for over a decade. He likes to learn about the nuances of sports, understand every player's contribution to a team, and also learn the logic behind player signings and team building.
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Debmallya Chakraborty