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NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:34 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Basketball legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan became the face of the hard-liner NBA owners this week, when a report broke that he is the face of a group of 10-14 owners who think a 50/50 revenue split with the players is too generous, preferring instead to offer a 47 percent stake.

On Saturday, as labor talks between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association were winding down, at least three NBA players took to Twitter to express their frustration with Jordan. 

"I'm not wearing Jordans no more," Washington Wizards guard Nick Young said. "Can't believe what I just seen and heard from MJ. Elvis Done Left The Building." 

"Damn MJ," Indiana Pacers guard Paul George wondered aloud. "That's how you feel?"

Later, Golden State Warriors rookie wing Klay Thompson replied to George: "You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro."

George agreed: "Man straight hypocrite bro.. He should've been the 1st one behind us smh."

The charges of hypocrisy stem from the fact that Jordan was a major advocate for NBA players' rights during his playing days. During the 1998 labor negotiations, for example, Jordan famously told then-Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin: "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team."

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:27 pm

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

By the way, anyone know what percentage of profits you make compared to the owner you work for?  Probably .000000002 percent.. 

It wouldnt be any 1 would b all combined...just because the "players" get 57%....a guy like say Wade doesnt get over half.  52% divided by 500 players = (on avg.) 0.104% per player.  @ 57% it is 0.144% per player. (on avg) 

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:20 pm

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Let the union decertify ............

Stern, who has ruined the game, wants the Big market teams to rule the league.

Decertification is their best chance to do so; thus the  owners house is divided.  

However, big egos and big payroll does not mean a winner. (ask the Knicks about that).  

The NBA is in trouble.

Thank you David Stern, for ruining the NBA. 

As for Michael, he has no respect for anyone;, I'll not waist any on him.  


Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:27 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

No sugarcoating for his airness, he's a straight hypocrite and should sell the bobcats if he can't make a profit!

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:22 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

oh yeah, lets not get ridiculous.  This isn't about MJ's competitive spirit, it's about the fact he's truly a hypocrite.  As a player he was all over the owners and wanted to make no concessions.  Now as an owner he realilzes it benefits his pocketbook to be a hypocrite.  Greed is Jordan's motivator now.  He's always been an a&&hole, and as the years go by he reveals himself bit by bit.  Amazing player, horrid human being. 

Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:48 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

This all boils down to the fact that MJ is a born competitor. Whether its golf, NBA ownership, or probably even who has the hottest lady .. Jordan is going to do everything in his power not to lose. I wouldnt expect anything less.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:22 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

MJ's right. He may have said that back in the day, but now that all his playing days $ is on the line, he's wised up.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:53 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

The owners are not going to pass on the savings to the fan if a deal in there favour is made. That said, the players need to recognize that our country is in serious economic trouble, but they don't because they are millionares. Jordan is now an owner and has learned how difficult it is to run a team, especially in one of the small markets, can't blame him for that, he wants to win.

All I would like to see is competetive balance for all teams. But that likely won't happen either!  

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:44 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Jordan is on the other side of the fence now. In 1998, the superstars got together and created the CBA star cap that's breaking the owners back today. Funny how history sometimes comeback and bite you in the ass!!!!!

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 3:02 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

Jordan is just being loyal to the team he is currently on. Did you expect him not to play defence against the bulls when he was with the Wizards. No way! He will do whatever it took to win against the bulls. Same situation as today. He's just on the other side of the fence (owner) trying to do whatever it takes to win. Current players should understand that.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:31 am

NBA players call Michael Jordan 'hypocrite'

I've had enough of people saying "you're already getting paid X amt of dollars" blah blah blah and using that as their argument to get a deal done...that's such a simplistic view and isn't a valid argument... it's not about the money at this point... its about the players getting a fair deal and playing under system which is fair.  If you want to draw a real life comparison, how would any of us feel if the owner of our company put in a system which made it virtually impossible for you to leave, and go where you want to go to improve the quality of your life... its downright un-American.  I wouldn't accept that, and neither should they.
I'm totally 100% behind the players... they've already given back over A BILLION DOLLARS to the owners, and the owners (not all but most) still want to try to screw the players over by not providing a fair system to play under.  At this point, I'm all for decertifying the Union and taking this to the courts, so that the players get a FAIR deal.  Even if it means losing this season.

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