NBA icon Michael Jordan rejected two young fans who wanted to take a photo with him.
The pair spotted the former Chicago Bulls guard in a car park in Charlotte North Carolina, where they were hoping to catch a glimpse of Charlotte Hornets player LaMelo Ball.
But to their surprise, the 59-year-old and the owner of the team came into view, which they caught on film. In the clip, The kids are heard saying: "We gonna see LaMelo Ball. That's not LaMelo… but it's Michael Jordan!"
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They yelled: "Michael Jordan! Can I get a pic?", but to their dismay he refused before waving his arms for them to move back and his reply was muffled before getting into his car. One of the kids then replied cheekily: "Where Lamelo at?"
Fans were split on the incident, as twitter user @0wengetsbuckets said: “Lebron would never.," while @LeslieFarr2 wrote: "The kid just wanted a picture. Was that too much to ask."
On the flip side, MichaelDPollar3 penned: “I'm pretty sure he's so used to getting autographs from so many people throughout his life he probably gets tired after awhile. He really wasn't being mean, he just told them to put the phone down stop recording, lol and he said no. You can't take pictures."
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Furthermore @RichardHoledrip said: “You really think your favourite player doesn't have these moments? Jordan's been there and done that. Man hasn't played in almost 20 YEARS, and yall really think he's out here making time for any and every fan he meets? He'd NEVER get anything done lmao." @Sports_Guru_83 mentioned: "People act like because they're celebrities they have to take time out every time someone stalks them and wants a picture, smh let me live! If you don't catch them at an organized event, leave them TF alone!"
Another user, @FlyEaglesFly813 said: “I never understood this. I get asking them to put the phones down. But you walk over shake their hands, say what up. If there is a huge crowd, sure. But 2 kids?” Jordan, who has an estimated net worth in 2022 of $2.1billion, was the first sportsman to become a billionaire, before he was joined by LeBron James and Tiger Woods this year. The basketball star, whose Hornets were eliminated in this year's play-in tournament, are looking to hire a new coach.
They fired James Borrego a week after their playoff exit and Jordan is reportedly set to meet with Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni to fill the vacancy, after fellow candidate Kenny Atkinson deciding to stay with the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted: "Mike D’Antoni is set to meet with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan on the franchise’s coaching job today, sources tell ESPN. D’Antoni was the other Charlotte finalist before Kenny Atkinson changed his mind on accepting position and stayed in Golden State on Saturday."
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