Michael Jordan Cheated Scottie Pippen Out Of Money By Betting On Pre-Recorded Races For An Entire Season

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Michael Jordan Cheated Scottie Pippen Out Of Money By Betting On Pre-Recorded Races For An Entire Season

 

Thanks to ESPN and Netflix’s joint production ‘The Last Dance’, many new or forgotten Michael Jordan stories resurface.

This following story though is a true gem. Jordan would often be the first player to show up in the arena on game day, to get some shots in. During his time on the court, the arena entertainment staff were also running through their program for the night. One of the Bulls’ game-break entertainment games was a race of three animated Bulls flying, which an arena contestant could win prizes on, by betting on the winning Bull.

Jordan would see the race on the Jumbotron in the morning and then later, during the actual game-break display of the race, bet Scottie Pippen $100, picking the winner. The best thing is that Michael did this the entire season, and Pippen never found out.

Per ESPN’s Amin Elhassan on ‘The Lowe Post’:

 

“[Jordan] would show up really early to get his shots up on gameday. If you show up to an arena early enough, you’ll see the gamehouse people basically doing a dry run through everything. Everything from the national anthem to the … One of the things they have is that thing where it’s like the three Bulls flying, and it’s like ‘Who’s gonna win?’ So Mike is watching this and is like, ‘Oh, so you guys already know [who’s going to win]?’ And the guy says, ‘Yeah we know; it’s all pre-recorded.’ [Jordan says] ‘So you know who’s gonna win tonight, right?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, the red one.’

Fast-forward to the game. Timeout. Phil is drawing up a play. Mike goes to Scottie and says, ‘Hundred bucks the red one wins.’ And then proceeds to do this for the rest of the season and Scottie never catches on.”

 

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