The Man, the Myth, the Gambler: A Collection of Michael.
It was a traumatic time for Jordan Jr, who was already being bruised in the media for his gambling, after he and his dad went to Atlantic City the night before an Eastern Conference Finals game.
Plus, Jordan's father was murdered a few months prior to his first retirement, so grief almost definitely played a role in his decision. In fact, Jordan chose to pursue a baseball career to honor his late father, who dreamed of seeing his son play in Major League Baseball. While the gambling theory certainly is juicy and ripe for intrigue, these explanations for Jordan's first retirement hold.
However, his greatness was often accompanied by several controversies, perhaps none bigger than the connection between his supposed gambling problem and the murder of his father, James Jordan Sr.
Question: Did Michael Jordan's father really get murdered over a gambling debt? How did that happen? What happened to the guy who did it? James Jordan was not murdered over a gambling debt. Unfortunately that was a rumor that came about following.
Some sports columnists spurred speculation about possible ties between Jordan’s gambling and his father’s death, prompting a frustrated Jordan to put out a statement in the days after the murder.
When Jordan retired from basketball in 1993, rumors about the league actually suspending the Chicago Bulls star over his gambling habits began to swirl. Episode 7 of ESPN's documentary put the.
There are plenty of other stories out there that lead you to believe that his father’s death was linked to gambling. In a story regarding Jordan recruiting Jamal Crawford to play in his high stake poker games (article found here), you’ll read that Jordan played in these games with guys who could have people killed. Too many of these details just make too much sense.