Michael Jordan is still known to bet a few dollars here and there. It makes competition interesting to have skin in the game. Now some older stories about MJ are coming that he might have taken an unfair advantage at times.
Scottie Pippen recently appeared on The Dan Le Batard Show where he admitted that Jordan cheated on some bets. He also won others through other advantages that came with being the most popular basketball player on the planet.
“I will say that he cheated on a few of his bets.”
Pippen did not give any specific instances of Jordan cheating to win a bet. In the past other instances have been reported.
In the past it was said that Jordan allegedly bet Pippen $100 on the outcome of an animated Bull race on the Chicago Stadium jumobtron, a race that was pre-recorded. Jordan always asked the Bulls staff who won before every game, and of course they told him.
Michael Jordan also placed bets at an airport regarding who would get their bags first. He would bet teammates hundreds of dollars that his bag would come through the luggage carousel first. That was actually a happenstance, but Jordan had a good feeling that he would get his bag first as Pippen explained.
“Michael Jordan had his own beautiful bags. At this time, we didn’t have team bags, so when you saw a bag come off and it had a Jumpman on it, I’m sure for the guys working at the airport, that was the first bag they grabbed. So he had an advantage, but I don’t think it was something he intentionally did. It was just a knowing thing that he knew people were going to jump on his bag.”
Michael Jordan didn’t cheat to win at any bets during an NBA game. That was never an accusation made. It doesn’t mean he didn’t use that competitive nature to gain every advantage he could with betting outside of the hardwood.
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