Michael Jordan’s gambling activities brought into question by sceptics, as some argue he maintained unscrupulous betting practices during his playing days.
Due to his well-documented gambling side-job, Jordan’s name has once again been embroiled in conspiracy theories that claim he was banned from the game for partaking in bets that are against NBA regulations.
In 1993 the basketball legend decided to retire from the game which has seen him propel to superstardom, as he became the greatest player in the history of the sport. However, some believe that the retirement was in fact a ban from the NBA.
A player placing bets on other teams is not deemed as an illegal act by US gambling laws, but rather the rules of the NBA stipulate that no player is allowed to place bets on other basketball games.
Rumors also link MJ’s gambling and his father’s death
There have also been rife rumors connecting Jordan’s gambling debts with the shooting of his father, James Jordan.
In July 1993, James Jordan was shot in a roadside robbery in North Carolina, which caused Jordan to retire from basketball for the first time. Some conspiracy theorists attribute Jordan’s gambling debt lead to his father being murdered, however prominent individuals, like Jordan’s then coach Phil Jackson, disputed such claims.
The late Bulls guard Norm Van Lier, started the initial rumors about the possible gambling news links, as he spoke of the hypothetical scenario to a radio host in Chicago. Since then, the conspiracy remains a living debate among some.