Former Chicago Bulls guard Craig Hodges has been entirely absent throughout “The Last Dance” and it likely has something to do with Jordan not being too fond of him because of the stance he took back during his time in the league.
Hodges took offense to Jordan’s comments about Chicago’s “traveling cocaine circus” and now he’s calling him out of being a prisoner of his own success.
“Well, when I look at MJ, he’s a product of his success,” Hodges stated, via Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “Sometimes, that success can be a prison for you… In two prisons actually. America was a prison for black people, and now you’ve been incarcerated through capitalism on a whole different level. So it’s cool for the entertainment value of it, but I think it’s been somewhat divisive as far as in line with what we need right now as both the people and the world.”
Hodges, who wasn’t with the Bulls during the time of the alleged cocaine allegations, made it a point to clear up that he did not partake in whatever illegal activities were going on back then.
“So, a lot of things as far as partying and going out and hanging and gambling and all that, I didn’t do that,” Hodges said. “I was cordial, I’m respectful. Still, to this day, I’m respectful. I just want to know why some of the things are going on and why you feel like, at this point in your life, you have to throw your teammates under the bus? You know what I’m saying? I understand how you feel like you have to motivate people, but is that your responsibility? I was in those circles at the time. When you have athletes who want to be overbearing, oftentimes that overbearing is because they have some insecurities of their own.”
Hodges is clearly holding some deep resentment about Jordan and the way he not only handled himself back then, but how is handling himself throughout the showing of “The Last Dance.”