When Michael Jordan's daughter Jasmine was a young girl, the greatest basketball player of all time, in her eyes, was just an ordinary human. MJ was a present father to his children, and despite all his fame, he never really demanded his kids to understand and appreciate his greatness on the basketball court. That's why Jasmine and her younger sibling never thought their dad was a global phenomenon growing up.
Until they did all the research
It was only later on that Jasmine fully comprehended the fuss about her father. Jasmine, who was born on December 7, 1992, was only 5 years old when Michael won his last championship with the Chicago Bulls and was 10 years old when he played his final NBA game. So it makes sense why the 4th child had a lot of catching up to do, and all it took was one simple Google search.
"When I was a child, and growing up during the time, I didn't really understand what was happening because I was so young, and it just didn't really resonate with me until I got older," Jasmine said, as reported by AP News in 2020. "I laugh because I actually Googled my dad at one point just to figure it out. I was like, why is everyone so intrigued by you, you're just dad, you're not that cool. But lo and behold, he was kind of a big deal. So it's definitely been something that's been eye-opening."
When asked how MJ treated his daughter, Jasmine said he was actually present in her life. She admits that she's a daddy's girl, so Michael would always protect and nurture her. Jasmine mentioned that MJ did his best to be involved in her life, even during his playing years, specifically for school, dance practices, and recitals. On top of that, her dad was as competitive with his children as he frequently tried to motivate them to ace their exams in school.
"I mean, he'll do that to me just so I can get an A out of a test or two," Jasmine said when asked how competitive MJ was in the household.
Jasmine's reaction to The Last Dance
Just like many people who watched The Last Dance (Michael Jordan's documentary that premiered in 2020), Jasmine learned a lot of new things about her father. The documentary helped her understand her father's basketball legacy more and made her realize why he was such a global icon. But unlike most people, Jasmine could easily talk to her dad about the documentary and see his reaction first-hand.
"I'm harassing him," Jasmine said she was frequently texting her father while learning more about him in the ESPN docuseries.
Now that Jasmine is 30, it's safe to assume that she's finally fully grasped who her father is and why he will always be remembered by the world.