We all know Michael Jordan is the universal greatest basketball player of all time and the face of the sport. I mean, even people that don't watch or know anything about basketball have heard of MJ through his great career or off-court brand. The greatness, the shoes, the style, and the legacy, immortalized Michael's name not only in the sport of basketball but the whole world. So it's no surprise that sometimes Jordan had the luxury of getting out of certain situations thanks to his status.
Oakley shares the story of MJ's "speeding ticket"
Charles Oakley and Michael Jordan did have vastly different careers in the NBA, but the two are still very connected. The duo played together in Chicago in their early days, and they established a life-long friendship that wasn't even ruined by Oakley getting traded to the Knicks and becoming a fierce rival in the 90s'. And to cap it off, they would share the locker room in Washington at the very tail end of their careers.
Unlike some of MJ's other teammates, Oakley stayed friends with Michael even in their retirement days. So as "Oak" is promoting his new book "The Last Enforcer," he is sharing a lot of stories from his career. While appearing on SportsNation, Charles shared the story of driving with MJ, only to get stopped for speeding by the cops. How the situation turned out is hilarious.
"We just always go places together, so we were cruising on the highway doing about 110, 120. You could tell when somebody catching up on you, so the car was getting close to us, we just took off doing about 140, 150. Next thing we know, about 2 miles up the road about 20 police cars, and they had a roadblock for us. And we stopped and got out... 'Oh, Mr. Jordan! We're sorry; Just slow it down, we'll see you next week.'"
Charles Oakley, SportsNation
That is the purest example of how influential and famous Jordan was in his time. You have to be on a special level for the police to let you off the hook for speeding so much with a simple warning, all while probably being in awe of seeing MJ first-hand. Oakley shared how they slowed down to about 90 miles per hour after that.
This is just one of many great stories Charles Oakley has told about Michael Jordan. Even though they spent just three years together in Chicago, the two had a blast. I'm sure Oakley's new book will give us even more of those never-before-heard stories.