On the day the 2010 NBA season kicks off I ran across a video on Ustream from the rapper Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki). Now I don’t know much about Chamillionaire or what type of guy he is, but I do know a couple of his songs and based on the Ustream video… seemed pretty sincere and if anything shocked and disappointed about finally meeting his idol Michael Jordan.
Like Chamillionaire I too grew up idolizing Michael Jordan. I literally watched almost every game he played in as I grew up in my high school years in Racine, WI which is about an hour north of Chicago so we got almost all of the games televised there. I lived and breathed basketball and Michael Jordan and even remember telling friends many times growing up that although I don’t have any interest in autographs from celebrities I did always say if I ever met Michael Jordan all I wanted to do was shake his hand. I even finally got to go to a Bulls game in Chicago back around 1992 or 1993 and man was it awesome.
Over the years since Mike retired I pretty much lost interest in the NBA. I still occasionally watch regular season games if Kobe or Lebron are playing and maybe some playoff games, but for the most part it just isn’t the same without Jordan. A lot of hype and scrutiny has been made out of Lebron’s decision to “take his talents” to South Beach and join Dwayne Wade, but I’ll admit it has gotten me a little more excited about the upcoming season and although a lot of people have compared Lebron to Michael on the court… I just don’t see it. Yet. Off the court… Lebron might want to think twice about following MJ’s lead.
I’ve never met Michael Jordan so can’t speak with certainty, but have heard from numerous people that have met him that he’s an asshole. Chamillionaire who’s also a celeb like Mike sure seems to agree. And you know what? That sucks to hear. I know people shouldn’t look up to athletes and celebs, but when we’re young we just do.
So what happened when Chamillionaire finally met his idol Michael Jordan? Apparently Chamillionaire was at a Reggie Bush event earlier and even bought some high priced Jordan jersey’s at auction so when he saw his childhood idol standing around with some fellow ex NBA players he decided to approach Mike and ask him for a picture with him. He said he thought Mike would probably say no, but never expected how Jordan allegedly reacted. According to Chamillionaire when asking Jordan for a picture MJ replied with “Hell no I ain’t taken no pictures with no n****z.” Apparently he said it a few times and even when a couple other players told Mike to settle down and that this guy was a famous rapper he said he didn’t give a f**k who he was. Obviously Chamillionaire was shocked, but in his video mostly just seemed disappointed to find out his idol wasn’t nearly the same person he portrayed in public.
This seems to be the case all too often these days… especially with athletes. Michael Jordan’s wife filed and won one of the largest celebrity divorce settlements in history for around $150 million after finding out Michael was cheating on her for years. Also look at how two of my other favorite athletes of all time seemed to lead separate lives from their public image… Tiger Woods and Brett Favre. Tiger was portrayed as squeaky clean and on the surface lead a solid family life. Obviously we all know now his image couldn’t have been further from the real truth. I also met a assistant pro at the course Tiger practiced at in Las Vegas when he was being coached by Butch Harmon early in his career and the guy said Tiger was not only one of the cheapest guys he’s ever met, but a downright asshole. Now Favre apparently is caught up in his own scandal if it is found out to be true. I guess millions of dollars, a beautiful family and a smoking hot wife just isn’t enough for these guys.
There’s no question I still like watching these guys play ball in their respective sports and even still cheer for them during competition, but when I am lucky enough to have kids… you can bet your ass they’ll know the difference between rooting for an athlete and looking up to people with integrity, values and a constant strive to become a better person. Hell I’m not perfect by any means and have made plenty of mistakes I wish I could go back and change in my life and work each day now to improve that, but there’s no excuse for swearing at a true fan and belittling another human being like that. I can understand not wanting to take pictures or sign autographs for every single person that comes up to you and privacy is important to everyone, but c’mon. Have some common human courtesy and politely decline. No need to be an asshole!
They always say you never want to actually meet your idol cause you’ll probably be disappointed. Well that’s definitely the case for Chamillionaire and now makes me think twice about really wanting to meet MJ. It’s also a nice lesson for Lebron going forward. Maybe Lebron’s dream as a kid to “be like Mike” is just meant for the basketball court and not life.
You can watch the full video of Chamillionaire talking about his encounter with Michael Jordan below.