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Is Michael Jordan Correct About Social Media Era?

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Michael Jordan is known to be one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, but he ponders if his status would be the same if he was around today’s climate that surrounds sports.

Michael Jordan’s hey day was the 80s and 90s which were a different time when social media and 24/7 coverage of athletes and sports were not apparent. Anytime stars like Lebron James of today says things on social media it always gets positive and negative reactions.

Cigar Aficionado interviewed Jordan who gave his thoughts on the social media age. Number twenty three explained athletes like Tiger Woods proved to him that Jordan wouldn’t be the player he was in the 90s, if social media had existed at the time.

“Tiger [Woods] played at his peak somewhere toward the end of my career. Then, what changed from that time-frame to now is social media – Twitter and all those types of things,” Jordan said. “And that has invaded the personalities and personal time of individuals. It’s to the point where some people have been able to utilize it to their financial gain and things of that nature. But for someone like myself – and this is what Tiger deals with – I don’t know if I could’ve survived in this Twitter [era], where you don’t have the privacy that you’d want and what seems to be very innocent can always be misinterpreted.”

Michael Jordan’s honesty about critiquing himself lends to his mind always trying to better himself during his ball playing days. Whatever the case may be in terms of social media being a distraction in his mind, the NBA would be better with Jordan playing and competing with the likes of Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, and more.