Did Michael Jordan retire or was he suspended for gambling? | The Tylt
Did Michael Jordan retire or was he suspended for gambling?
If something smells fishy, there's probably rotting sea life. Michael Jordan was catching a lot of heat for his gambling habits. Back then, the sports world was still shaken by the Pete Rose betting revelations, so gambling, especially involving athletes, was frowned upon.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that David Stern wanted to protect the NBA. Suspending Jordan so he could work on his public image and take some heat off of the league shouldn't be surprising to people who know Stern, one of the most protective commissioners the NBA has ever seen.
If you look closely, it makes perfect sense.
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The worldwide exposure Michael Jordan was receiving, pre-social media, was exhausting. Instead of getting hounded on Twitter, he was hounded in person. That kind of attention takes a toll on someone. By 1993, Michael Jordan had already achieved everything a player could achieve. In nine seasons, he won scoring titles, defensive player of the year, multiple MVPs, multiple Finals MVPs, and multiple NBA championships and gold medals.
When he lost his father, he had no reason to continue playing basketball. In "The Last Dance," he had already thought about retiring after 1992 but wanted to win three titles in a row, which Larry Bird and Magic Johnson never achieved.
Jordan's retirement had nothing to do with gambling. It had everything to do with finding a new challenge after achieving everything he wanted to do in basketball.