Michael Jordan had a legendary career in the NBA. He is considered one of the greatest athletes in the history of professional sports. His six championships with the Chicago Bulls set a standard for excellence that may never be seen again. He is also the highest-paid athlete of all time.

Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas was negotiating a new contract with the Washington Wizards at the same time Jordan was finishing up his unsuccessful comeback. Jordan was also part owner of the team. Arenas told VladTV that he didn’t think MJ was particularly welcome in the locker room due to his petty nature.

“So while I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do, Jordan was trying to figure out what he was going to do with the Wizards because he’s supposed to be the owner. So, when I went there, that was actually one… of my questions…

What’s up with the Jordan thing? Why didn’t you sign him back? [Owner] Abe Pollin was like, ‘I love basketball. I love the players. So, I asked the players what do they want? And the players said they didn’t want Jordan back.”

Arenas also noted that Pollin said players didn’t want MJ to come back as minority owner of the team, either. In fact, Abe offered him big money as a courtesy when it became clear that the team didn’t want him around. In classic Michael fashion, he threw the check away. Arenas recalled the conversation Pollin had with Jordan that night.

“I wrote MJ a check. $10 million. Said ‘Thank you for your services.’ MJ threw that check and said, ‘F*ck off,’ and drove out of the arena.

Michael Jordan throwing out a $10 million check without a second thought may be the most Michael Jordan thing ever. A larger-than-life athlete with a legendary penchant for spending big bucks likely has some crazy stories associate with them. Ripping up ten million dollars is the financial equivalent Michael Jordan’s Sistine Chapel.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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