Whether you're a die hard hoops fan, a casual sports fan or you have no idea what a slam dunk is, you have heard the name Michael Jordan. As one of the most famous athletes in the world, Jordan once admitted that at a young age he thought of himself to be less than appealing to the opposite sex to the point that he learned how to sew, clean, do laundry and cook, thinking he would forever fly solo.
Throughout his career after leaving North Carolina and becoming a professional basketball player, Jordan has had his share of known and unknown hookups and relationships. Celebrities, adult stars, models, the list can probably go on and on, but there have been two lucky individuals who managed to coral the hoop star and create a holy union and family with number 23.
Although Michael could hardly walk in public without creating a fan and media frenzy, the one thing that he has managed to do is keep his marriages and family life on the down low. There really isn't anything basketball wise that readers of TheSportster aren't knowledgeable about, but chances are there are a few facts about Jordan's relationships and married life that you haven't yet heard about, until now.
15 When Michael Met Juanita
Although he was quickly becoming more famous by the minute, the Chicago Bulls star, who was 26 years old at the time, had his first interaction with his future wife at an event that at the time was nothing extraordinary. Introduced to each other by a mutual friend at a Chicago restaurant in the early 1980s, Juanita Vanoy (30 years old) was a former model and executive secretary for the American Bar Association.
14 Shotgun Wedding
Many would expect that the world's most famous basketball player would have had a lavish, super expensive wedding that would have captured media attention around the world, one that would mirror royalty. Such was not the case with Jordan's nuptials with Vanoy.
13 The Kids (Part 1)
Michael's eldest son, Jeffrey, followed in his dad's shoes (excuse the pun), but did not live up to any of the lofty expectations that many had of him when he suited up for the University of Central Florida and the University of Illinois . After three seasons of playing for the Fighting Illini in which he hardly made a dent in the stat sheet, Jeffery would transfer to play two seasons for the Knights, where he had slightly more success.
Younger brother Marcus, would play his entire college career with the Knights, having far more success than his older brother, averaging 12.3 PPG over his three years with the team. However in the summer of 2012, Jordan would leave the team under his own decision to focus on school.
12 Home Is Where The Heart Is
It comes as no surprise that the world's greatest basketball player owned one of the most lavish Chicago homes ever built. Within his 56,000 square foot Highland Park mansion, the five members of the Jordan family had access to nine bedrooms, fifteen bathrooms, a full sized basketball court, a games and cigar room, a home theater, a putting green and an outdoor tennis court.
11 Side Chick
During his marriage to Juanita, Jordan was reported to have had several extra marital affairs, which is not uncommon in the NBA. One of the most noted was a long lasting hookup with Karla Knafel, from 1989 to 1991. Story has it that there were numerous offerings of 'hush money' between Jordan and Knafel, not only to keep quiet about their relationship, but also an alleged child that was rumored to be Jordan's.
10 The Breakup
Following seventeen years of marriage, the Jordan's filed for divorce at the end of December 2006 after living separately for nearly a year. While it was announced that Michael and Juanita mutually and amicably called their union quits, many know there were reasons as to why the holy matrimony failed.
9 The Cost Of Love
MJ was smart and well protected heading into his marriage with Juanita as they signed a prenuptial agreement at the time of their wedding. Considering that during the course of their relationship, Jordan morphed himself into arguably the greatest player in NBA history and one of the most successfully endorsed athletes of all-time.
While there are probably countless others, Jordan has been noted to have at least four rebound girls following his divorce from Juanita. In 2005, Jordan was said to have hooked up with Lisa Miceli, who claimed that MJ was the father of her son, but multiple DNA tests proved otherwise.
7 Meet Yvette Prieto
In 2008, Jordan and Prieto caught the other's attention at a Miami nightclub. An occasional fashion model, the now 36 year old Cuban American became even more well known after establishing her relationship with the world's greatest basketball player and moved in together within a year. After taking business studies in college, Prieto spent a short time working for her father’s medical company. Although Yvette was not convicted, her parents were rumored to have spent nearly a year and a half in jail for running a billing scheme related to their business.
6 Wedding Ceremony
On Saturday April 27th, 2013, Jordan and Prieto tied the knot in a ceremony at Palm Beach, Florida. Taking place at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea, the ceremony, which was coordinated by celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks, welcomed by nearly 300 guests.
5 The Reception
At the cost of nearly $10 million, the lavished wedding reception followed the ceremony, taking place under a tent at the Bear's Club Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida. With candles, white roses, peonies and purple tulips, the reception tent spared no expense. Included in the dinner was an all-white seven layer white rum wedding cake to help commemorate the occasion.
4 The Guest List
Unlike his first wedding, in which less than a handful of people helped celebrate Jordan’s marriage, the guests for his second wedding were plentiful. A month before the wedding, guests received specific information to not share details about the event. With a star studded guest list that included the who's who of the sports world, it may have seemed like a sports Hall of Fame event rather than a wedding.
3 The Kids (Part 2)
After announcing the pregnancy in November 2013, seven months after their wedding, on Sunday February 9th, 2014, Michael and Yvette became proud parents to an identical set of twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, the twins now join Jeffery, Marcus and Jasmine to complete Michael's starting five and are the first children for Yvette.
2 Home Sweet Home
If you thought his former Chicago compound was huge, Jordan's new South Florida home is massive. After two years of planning, construction and decorating, the new Jordan family moved into their home in early 2013. With a price tag of over $12 million ($4.8 on the property and $7.6 on the construction), the happily married couple enjoy a two story 11 bedroom home that sits on over three acres of land, complete with a basketball court and an immense workout facility of course.
1 Work Hard, Play Hard
While Yvette has her hands full taking care of their young children in addition to occasionally working modeling and social events, Michael continues to bring home the bacon in a number of different ways. As the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets with 89.5% stake in the franchise, Jordan has yet to see his team make its way passed the first round of the playoffs since taking over as the controlling owner of the team in 2010.
After originally investing $175 million, Jordan has seen his value of the team jump to nearly $500 million. In addition to his role in the NBA, Jordan still rakes in money from endorsement deals with Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Gatorade and that Nike shoe thing he made famous. If that wasn’t enough, Jordan’s numerous restaurants and Nissan car dealership help make sure that his family will be taken care of for years and years to come.
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