When Eminem accidentally upset Michael Jordan over a phone call

When Eminem accidentally upset Michael Jordan over a phone call

Michael Jordan is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest sports star in the world. His impact on basketball was immense, something no other NBA star has managed to replicate. Due to such stature, many people are fans of Micheal Jordan. But one rapper almost blew up his phone call with Air Jordan. Not just any rapper, the ‘Rap God’.

Legendary rapper Eminem spoke in an interview on ‘Sway On Shade 45’ some years ago. During the interview, Eminem explained that once he had a conversation with Michael Jordan on the phone, where he jokingly asked him to come to Detroit, Eminem’s hometown, so he could dunk on him. Dunk on him? Sounds a little too teasy.

Eminem noted that Jordan was quiet for a moment, and he felt that he had upset Jordan. However, MJ then let out a laugh and they carried on their conversation. After the call was over, Eminem felt that he had upset Michael Jordan, especially after watching how competitive Jordan could be during ‘The Last Dance’ docuseries.

Eminem’s anecdote on blowing up his call with Jordan

“I was on the phone with him (Jordan), we were talking, and everything was cool. He’s super cool, and everything was good until we get to the end of the phone call and I said, ‘Yo man, when are you gonna come to Detroit so I can dunk on you?’. It was crickets. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I think he just kinda was like, ‘Ha ha ha.’ Like laughed. And I remember getting off the phone going, ‘Oh my God, I think I might have just blew it’. To me, in my head, it was completely a total joke, right!?

It’s so ridiculous for me to think that I could dunk on Jordan. So in my head, you know, it’s one of those things that you think is gonna be funnier in your head then when you actually say it. When I got off the phone I remember thinking I don’t think he knew I was joking because you know he’s very… I mean watching this documentary (The Last Dance) like him he’s very competitive.”

It seems that MJ has some sort of weird connection with rappers. Few months ago, rapper Kanye West revealed that MJ would not meet him because of a song lyric where he implied that his Yeezy shoes had ‘jumped over’ Jumpman. 

Rohit Shahi is a Sports editor and a passionate fan of NBA. He aims to bring all the latest NBA news to you, covering all the major events and biggest superstars.

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