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When we think of sports and how to evaluate players, statistics typically come before anything else. If a player leads the league in points per game, he's automatically in the discussion as one of the top-tier players. The same is true for any other statistical category.
However, those stats aren't everything.
Once a player reaches the ultimate honor, the "Greatest Ever" group, in addition to his numbers, his character faces evaluation.
Michael Jordan was never regarded as the most composed player on the court. In fact, many players (including his own teammates) admittedly refer to him as a display of poor character.
Numerous incidents defined the star as an arrogant, pompous and selfish person; many people argue that this was the reason he was so successful, but countless players have had success without these character defects.
The first of these incidents came when Jordan decided to retire following the 1993 season. He claimed to have lost the desire to continue playing the sport. The idea that a player known for his fire and passion, a player who was just entering his prime, would give up sounded unreasonable.
Many conspiracy theories surround the fact that Jordan was a frequent gambler and had ties to gambling on sports, which is illegal as a professional sports player. It's definitely plausible to believe that he had been suspended by the NBA and then granted the opportunity to call his suspension a "retirement" to avoid losing the influence he had on the country.
Another well-covered event was the fight between Reggie Miller and Jordan, an extreme lack of composure from Jordan. While Miller has always been known to taunt and ridicule, a man with the entire world looking up to him probably should've thought twice before attempting to claw his opponent's eyes out.
And the final significant flair of a career riddled with such actions was his retirement speech. In the span of just a few minutes, Jordan reminded the world that he was a heartless, careless sports figure. He ridiculed numerous old friends, including his own brother, and destroyed whatever dignity NBA fans held for him as a person.
How can a man considered the greatest player of all time stoop so low?