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“There are many days I don't want to be around people and I'm a nasty person” — Michael Jordan opens up about why he doesn’t like showing himself to the public

Throughout his playing days, Michael Jordan hinted why he prefers to stay away from the public spotlight, and true enough, he carries that persona in retirement.
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

It's been 19 years since Michael Jordan called it quits with basketball, and as we already know by now, the 6-time champion barely makes a public appearance — except maybe when he's breaking bread with Formula 1 racers or sitting courtside watching his mediocre Charlotte Hornets continue to disappoint him (Sorry, LaMelo Ball).

Throughout his playing days, Jordan hinted why he prefers to stay away from the public spotlight, and true enough, he carries that persona in retirement.

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Privacy over fame

In his one-on-one interview with GQ in 1989, the greatest basketball player of all time opened up about why it gets too irritating to go out in public. With all the photographers and journalists lurking around in the streets, MJ admitted that it gets too stressful to deal with people bombarding him. Jordan says that it irritates him so much to the point that he turns into an evil person, so he'd rather not take it out on the public who want to get ahold of his presence.

"I go into hid­ing," Jordan told GQ's David Breskin. "I just stay in. There are many days I don't want to be around people and I'm a nasty person, an evil person. I stay in till I'm back in the mood to deal with peo­ple again."

It may seem like such a petty matter, but it makes sense if you try to put yourself in MJ's shoes. Whether it's as simple as going out for a grocery run, eating in a restaurant, or just strolling around the neighborhood, Jordan will never be able to avoid the paparazzi. Note that he said this in 1989 (before the Bulls won any of their championships) so imagine how intense it must be for him now — even in retirement.

What Michael Jordan does in hiding

As shown in his iconic "The Last Dance" documentary, Michael often hid in his room during road trips and took a laid-back approach by just spending his days lying on the couch smoking cigars. If he's not in the middle of a road trip, Jordan told GQ that he used to take the same approach in his suburban home in Chicago, where he has access to not just his privacy but a jacuzzi, ping-pong table, pool, and cards.

So yes, Mike created his world in his own private home. Suffice it to say that Jordan is definitely an introvert. 

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