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“You’re not making anywhere close to this money right here” — John Salley reveals the place where nobody cared about Michael Jordan

Salley told MJ he will never get to live a normal life unless he moved to Monte Carlo.
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

At some point in his career, Michael Jordan got too overwhelmed and drained by the media. In his documentary “The Last Dance,” MJ admitted that it got to a point where he would lock himself in his hotel room because he could no longer stand being followed by cameras and fans wherever he went.

It’s also difficult to blame both the media and fans for doing this because, after all, everyone wanted a piece of Mike, and he was the most recognized person in the world wherever he went back in the day and probably until today. This clip below is just one of the many examples of how the media has treated Jordan since he reached superstardom:

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But Monégasques don’t rock with MJ like that

However, there’s one particular city that treats Michael Jordan just like an ordinary person. He and his former teammate John Salley once experienced it when they went on a trip to Monte Carlo. When they were walking the streets, they noticed that nobody approached them, and one of the biggest reasons why that is so is because MJ wasn’t viewed as a rich basketball superstar compared to the citizens. According to Salley, not a single citizen in Monte Carlo bothered Jordan when he walked around town.

We were in Monte Carlo, and Marvin Hagler moved to Italy. He was in Saint-Tropez and he saw Michael. Mike was more impressed with seeing Marvin Hagler. They were just happy to talk to one another. And then we were walking in the street and I go, ‘How do you like this?’ He goes, ‘No ones bothering me.’ I go, ‘Because you make less than them. We’re in Monte Carlo. Bro, you’re not making anywhere close to this money right here.’Salley said in his latest appearance on the “Club Shay Shay podcast.”

A bunch of possible theories

While Salley didn’t disclose when he and Mike went on a trip together to the city known for its extravaganza, one can guess that this probably happened later in Jordan’s career around 1996, specifically when he and Salley were teammates. Also, if we’re putting on our tinfoil hat here, maybe the reason Monacans weren’t so crazy about MJ is that they don’t worship basketball like how they do soccer, motor racing, yachting, and tennis — 4 of the most popular sports in the city.

Nevertheless, the reality is that Monte Carlo isn’t the world, and sadly for Jordan, he’ll always be bombarded with paparazzi and fans wherever he goes until he lives. Sally alluded to that and even said that MJ will never be able to live a normal life again unless he moves permanently to Monte Carlo for good. That shows how transcendent MJ was and why the world has and will always look up to him. 

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