'The Last Dance' Episode 7: James Jordan's death and MJ's retirement have fans slamming media for 'fake news'
Michael Jordan's father James Jordan was the talking point of Episode 7 as his tragic death was explained in the first 15 minutes. It was an incident that pushed MJ to announce his retirement. And all along, the media speculations and theories that gambling was one of the reasons behind James' murder was doing the rounds.
Fans on Twitter had their share of slamming the media after this. "I’m glad there was no twitter during this era. The think pieces would be disgusting when his pops died x retirement #LastDance," a fan wrote. "The sports media has been trash for yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaars... I remember the stupid conspiracy theories when MJ retired. #LastDance," a tweet read. "The media back in the day wouldn’t let you breathe. #LastDance," another fan said.
"Very weird the media believed anybody would suspend a figure like Michael Jordan for eighteen months. the NBA does care about money," a fan opined. "The bottom line is white sportswriters were mad Mike wasn't talking to any of them so they made up a story to fill their columns. They were all on some Skip Bayless s**t. #LastDance," another remarked. "Crazy to see how the media tried to spin a non-story about his gambling into this huge ordeal #Lastdance," a tweet read.
"The media and their conspiracy theories #LastDance," declared one of the fans. "Ok, fake news even going after Michael Jordan GTFO #LastDance," exclaimed a fan. "I can't believe the media/reporters can't be held accountable for some of the libel and speculative articles they write/report," a fan commented. "Please tell me @Andrea_Kremer, one of my favorite journalists/analysts of all time, didn't just feed into the conspiracy theories about why Jordan retired in 93 #LastDance," a tweet read.
"It doesn't shock me one bit that #FakeNews existed at the time of Jordan's retirement — the media will create the narrative if they can't get the story they want through facts," a fan tweeted.
What are your thoughts on the media's fake news and speculations during Jordan's retirement?
'The Last Dance' airs Sundays 9 pm on ESPN.