Michael Jordan, who was initially ‘non-committal’ to his firstborn son, later developed fatherly instincts: ‘I’m going to support you with…every inch of my body’

Michael Jordan was a global icon as an NBA superstar. The Chicago Bulls legend etched his name in the history books. Moreover, he has never been involved in any dramas off the pitch. The perfect man in the eyes of the world, MJ was adored by the fans. However, when it came to his own blood, there was a time when His Airness missed the mark. But he surely caught up later.

While Jordan was chasing his first NBA championship, he was already in the biggest step of his relationship. After meeting in 1985, Jordan and his first wife Juanita immediately felt the sparks. In just two years, the couple got engaged. A year after the big news, they had their first child, Jeffery Jordan. Becoming a father must be a feeling of ecstasy. However, MJ had suspicions. He didn’t believe that Jeffrey was his own flesh.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Marinko Matosevic of Australia in their men’s singles first round tennis match on day two of US Open 2014 at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Notably, the 6-time NBA champion was laid back at the time of his birth. But eventually, the basketball assassin would accept the news. And years later, Jordan was stepping into the role of father.


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Michael Jordan’s transformation into a dad

After Jordan’s initial rejection, he became a loving father. By making the house a fun place, he had once again become the perfect individual. However, the biggest test came when Jeffrey grew up playing basketball. With Jordan’s name on his back, the pressure to deliver is staggering. However, Mike was there to assure Jeffrey that he is there to support him no matter what.


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During an interview, Jordan said: “I want him to enjoy his life no matter what he chooses to be, you know? If you play basketball, you’re a doctor, you’re a lawyer, whatever, I’ll support you with love and every effort, every inch of my body.

Jeffrey started his career at the University of Illinois. The eldest son of one of the greatest players to touch a basketball played all 3 years before leaving for college. However, Jeffrey could not be his father’s image. Despite the 2 years of college, he did not turn pro. But with Jordan’s words, Jeffrey had the support system. From there he joined the Jordan brand. Additionally, he has also opened a company with Michael Jordan called Heir Inc. Aiming to dive into the NFT world, the company provides a platform for athletes.


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Although Mike didn’t start out as the perfect dad, he has improved tremendously. Supporting his son through thick and thin, Jordan is heading for another victory as a parent.

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