Michael Jordan Feels Sorry For Tiger Woods, Says He Doesn’t Know If He Could Have Survived Twitter
On the whole, professional athletes make way more money today than they used to. But it doesn’t come without a cost. In order to get those $100 million endorsement deals, athletes today have to transform themselves into brands, and in the process every piece of dirty laundry gets scrutinized on social media.
Not everyone can handle this sort of pressure. It takes a special kind of fortitude. Even Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, whose name is on the most expensive and sought-after sneakers on the planet, wonders if he could have made it in the age of social media.
Jordan, of course, was a man of many vices, from marital infidelity to excessive gambling. In a recent interview with Cigar Aficionado, Jordan says he feels sorry for Tiger Woods, another high-profile athlete with many vices, and wonders if he could have survived Twitter.
Take a look:
“He’s in a transitional period. We athletes, we go through that. And then we have to be adults, we have to make sound decisions. He is to me in a very unique situation. Tiger played in his peak somewhere towards the end of my career. And the what changed between that timeframe to now — social media, Twitter, all those types of things that has invaded their personality and their personal times as individuals. I don’t know if I could have survived in this Twitter time where you don’t have the privacy that you would want. What seems to be very innocent could always be misinterpreted.”
It’s incredibly rare to hear Jordan admit there’s anything he can’t do. But if you think that excerpt sounded strangely vulnerable, wait until you get a load of this one, in which he talks about the difficulty of comparing athletes from different generations:
“You’re never going to say who’s the greatest of all time. To me, I think that’s more for PR and more for selling stories and getting hype. Jack and Tiger never played against each other. They never played in the same tournament. They never played with the same equipment. They never played with the same length of golf course. I never played against Wilt Chamberlain. I never played against Jerry West. To now say that one is better than the other is being a little bit unfair.”
Jordan basically said he might not be the greatest basketball player of all time.
Somebody tell Skip Bayless!
Hat Tip – [FTW]