During episode 5 of ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” we were taken through the moment when Michael Jordan refused to show the Reebok logo while accepting his 1992 gold medal as part of the “Dream Team” at the Olympics.
“Michael was so singular in his competitive drive, and a drive that extended to his partners, like Nike, that he could not bare the thought of wearing the Reebok logo on a global stage: Receiving a gold medal at the Olympics,” former NBA Inside Stuff host Willow Bay said on the documentary series. “So he covered the Reebok logo with the United States flag.”
Jordan was talking about that moment as he complained about having to wear the Reebok jacket and called out Harvey Schiller, who was named Executive Director of the United States Olympic Committee.
- Jordan: “Harvey Schiller, what a d*ck.”
- Reporter: “Who is that?”
- Jordan: “The guy who said if we don’t wear our uniforms we can’t accept our gold medal and all that stuff.”
- Reporter: “Is that still a big issue, they’re still talking about that?”
- Jordan: “Nah, they said they are going to try to hide the Reebok [logo] on it, but they can’t hide it like I am going to hide it. They in for a big fucking surprise.”
Schiller would take to Twitter soon after and had a good-natured response on social media shortly after the episode aired.
He also liked a comment from a Twitter user that said, “Forget MJ, Harvey is the [GOAT emoji].”
Jordan would memorably go on to wear a flag over the right side of his body, completely overshadowing the Reebok logo.