Michael Jordan Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Yvette Prieto

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 12:  Yvette Prieto (L) and Michael Jordan attend the Exclusive FABULOUS 23 Dinner hosted by Jordan Brand during All-Star Weekend on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Jordan Brand)
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Michael Jordan is no longer on the market. A Jordan spokesman confirmed to WCNC in Charlotte that the NBA icon and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto. The pair have been dating since 2008, two years after his first marriage ended. 

The couple reportedly got engaged over the weekend and have been celebrating on a private yacht in the French Riviera. 

Jordan's previous marriage to Juanita ended with one of the largest divorce settlements in history, when the 48-year-old had to pay more than $150 million in the settlement. 

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 12:  (L-R) NBA player Chris Paul, Jada Crawley, Yvette Prieto, and Michael Jordan attend the Exclusive FABULOUS 23 Dinner hosted by Jordan Brand during All-Star Weekend on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Get
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Of course, when you are one of the biggest icons in the history of professional sports and have a global empire that makes billions of dollars every year, you can take a hit like that and still be living an extravagant life. 

Prieto is a Cuban-born model. She has done work for Alexander Wang in the past. She and Jordan have been living together since 2009 in a luxurious house in Florida. 

The pair have not been open about their relationship like a lot of celebrity couples. Furthermore, neither have confirmed the engagement. There are simply reports from a spokesman who works for Jordan. 

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Considering what Jordan had to give up when his first marriage ended, it is surprising to see him get engaged again. However, like Huey Lewis always said, that's the power of love.

Prieto was able to wear down the notoriously stone-hearted Jordan with her charms and wit, I guess. If only Byron Russell had been more attractive, perhaps he would have been able to prevent that final shot in 1998. 

For more information on the future Mrs. Michael Jordan, check out this slideshow.

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