Two of the most influential American men of the last quarter century, Barack Obama and Michael Jordan, appear to have entered into a battle of egos.
It all started back in October, when Jordan called POTUS’s golfing skills into question during an interview with Ahmad Rashad. “I never said he wasn’t a great politician,” Jordan said, “I just said he was a s——- golfer.”
Obama was quick to fire back in a subsequent radio interview. ‘There is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am,” he said.” Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case… He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or the Hornets.”
Quite the bit of trash talk, Mr. President.
It now appears Michael was perhaps not to be outdone, though. As Deadspin notes, a recent New York Magazine profile of trusted Obama advisor David Axelrod reveals that Jordan signed a poster of himself for the president, and misspelled Obama’s first name as “Barrack.”
Either Jordan was tipsy, is a bad speller, or was trying to slight his man a little further — his “you still owe me dinner” line in the signature suggests it’s probably the latter reality.
This evokes the head games Jordan played with one of his all-time greatest victims: Bryon Russell, then of the Utah Jazz, whom M.J. hit his iconic final Chicago Bulls shot against, to seal his sixth NBA championship.
Jordan had previously belittled Russell by repeatedly referring him “Byron” in an interview. There are fewer forms of psychological warfare more effective than taking away a man’s very name — His Airness knows what he’s doing.
Who’s ready for the one-on-one game between Jordan and his president, on the White House lawn?
— John Wilmes