This thread is my own urban sports legends myths, the things you don't care to know about but are very interesting at the same time. Just a little fun to get away from this Free Agency period and add something for you guys to read to pass the time.
Michael Jordans "Retirement"
Now you can't start off a sports urban legends thread without talking about Michael Jordans famous " Retirement" in the 1993-1994 season. The story as told to the general fan is that after Jordans father was murdered, Jordan felt like he had accomplished everything in basketball and he had nothing more to play for except the dream that his father had of him playing baseball. Jordan was a great athlete as a youngster and his father really wanted him to become a Major League Baseball player, but obviously that dream did not come true for his father. So anyways the public felt sorry for Jordan and it seemed to boost his reputation as a guy coping with the death of his father, But nope that was just a cover up for a major problem that Jordan had.
Jordan was addicted to winning, it was his drug and he needed it to live. He gambled as hard as he played basketball and has owed millions back to debts he had to settle. There is also another legend that the night before a playoff match up with the Knicks, he was spotted in a casino gambling up a storm. So back to the "retirement", Jordan was retired for 1 1/2 years and returned to an epic roar from the sporting world and his popularity grew exponentially and boom happy ending...
NO! The real reason Jordan was out for that year and a half according to many insiders with Jordan, is because he was being suspended by the
commissioner because if the media and public were to find out about the gambling Jordan did that the league would be permanently crippled and it would be hard for them to recover back to their current success at the time.
Some say Jordan's father was murdered because he owed a debt that Jordan refused to pay for his father because his father was always in those situations and Jordan eventually cut him off. Their is also a rumor that Jordan Sr's Killers had a check of $57,000 that was signed by Michael himself to pay off a previous debt his father owed. No one knows whether or not this is true but their does seem to be a conspiracy around Jordans father death as it seems too unlikely that a gambler constantly in debt was Murdered on a robbery for no apparent reason. There is also a statement from the murderer that Jordans father was shot while being cooperative with the robbers, So why did they shoot? WE WILL NEVER KNOW...