Joe Rogan Once Pointed Out a Flaw in “Psychopath” Michael Jordan’s Hall-of-Fame Speech

Published 08/10/2022, 10:45 AM EDT
Michael Jordan during 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Lifelong martial arts enthusiast Joe Rogan has been around greatness. The veteran UFC commentator has witnessed fighters with different mentalities who did wonders with their unique styles. Apart from commentating for UFC, Rogan has talked about many greats on his famed JRE podcast. Michael Jordan was one of them, whom Rogan has given immense praise. However, he once pointed out one thing His Airness missed in his Hall of Fame speech.

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On The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #1265, Joe Rogan talked about multiple topics, including the NBA legend’s Hall of Fame speech. The world’s number 1 podcaster found the speech a little odd but believed perhaps having a competitive mindset, which set Michael Jordan apart from his peers, was the reason for it.

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Wizards star Michael Jordan watches Denver’s Kenny Satterfield during the first period of last nights game between the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. (Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post) (Photo By Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Rogan said, “Do you remember when he [Michael Jordan] was inducted into the Hall of Fame and he was talking about writers?… He wasn’t thanking his coaches and his teammates and [like] it’s been an amazing ride and I feel so blessed and fortunate. No, he’s still like f*** you; remember when you said that, f*** you.”

Joe Rogan and Andrew Schulz analyzed Michael Jordan’s mindset

After Rogan’s remarks, the guest on the show Andrew Schulz tried to tap into Jordan‘s mindset. Schulz said, “That happens when you don’t derive joy from what you do. You know, you drive joy from that outcome. You’re obsessed with the outcome.”

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The Former Fear and MTV host added, “I don’t know if it’s the path to greatness as much as the path of the psychopath. Especially when it comes to competitive sports. Something about the best athletes, they all have a f***ing self-loathing. They also have an ego and then they have this anger towards the competition.”

Michael Jordan didn’t accept defeat even outside NBA

The BJJ and Taekwondo black belt, Joe Rogan, believed Michael Jordan had a different mindset than the usual athletes. The 54-year-old said, “He knows he can get you. ‘Don’t quit, motherf***er. I’m gonna get you. I need to get you’.”

Schulz suggested the Bulls legend needed self-affirmation that he was great.

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“It’s not that he doesn’t believe he’s great, he wants to confirm it constantly,” agreed Rogan.

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 01: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on February 1, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

The UFC analyst then remembered the time when Jordan stepped onto the baseball field and had an impressive showing there as well. Especially considering Jordan was a longtime NBA player and not a regular baseball practitioner.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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