13. Divisive Figure
James is a divisive figure because of his political opinions. He is a committed civil rights activist and outspoken about matters that he passionate about. However, not everybody respects or agrees with his views. While he has the right to freedom of speech, it’s clear that many people would prefer if he stayed quiet. But Jordan had a very different approach to politics.
He stayed clear of them. Jordan very rarely spoke out about civil rights or the conditions of Black America. Why didn’t he? The answer was economical. If he criticized one group of fans, they wouldn’t buy his shoes. Many of his compatriots, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, condemned Jordan for this. However, the Bulls star shrugged his shoulders in response.