Michael Jordan Puts Gambling Suspension Rumors to Rest

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Jagajeet Chiba
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At the end of his 1992-1993 season, at age 31, Jordan said goodbye to the Chicago Bulls and the NBA in general.  Many speculated throughout the years that Jordan was actually suspended for gambling.

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In reality, the wildly popular "Last Dance" documentary revealed that Jordan was exhausted and heartbroken amid the death of his father. He left the NBA to play baseball for a year in a half with the minor leagues. 

He would eventually return to the NBA, gathering three more championships. 

From Yahoo Sports:

As many know, the theory goes like this: Jordan enjoys gambling, to the point that it prompts then-NBA commissioner Stern to investigate him for any violations of the NBA rulebook. Seeking to avoid embarrassment, Stern suspends Jordan for 18 months, but allows him to keep the suspension a secret and play baseball instead.

Asking Jordan about the theory led to a firm denial.

“I didn’t retire because the league kicked me out or they suspended me for a year and a half. That is not true. There’s no truth to that,” Jordan said. “I needed a break. My father just passed. And I retired. And I retired with the notion that I wasn’t going to come back.”

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- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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