This comes as no surprise. Just look down at damn near every ghetto boy and girl strolling the streets in the hood and you’ll see why Michael Jordan topped the list of highest-paid retired (and current) athletes of 2014. While the average NBA baller made $5 million last season, this legendary hoop-star cashed-in $100 milli in ’14 thanks to his sneakers that causes hundreds (maybe even thousands) of deaths, robberies and cases of el stupidos standing in ridiculously long lines just to cop a pair each year. (No hate, all facts.)
The Nike-owned Jordan Brand continues to soar for the Beaverton, Ore.-based sports giant and its namesake. Jordan U.S. retail shoe sales rose 17% last year to $2.6 billion, according to data compiled by SportScanInfo. Nike royalties provide the bulk of Jordan’s annual earnings, but he also retains sponsorship deals with Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports and Five Star Fragrances. Jordan’s 90% stake in the Charlotte Hornets, worth more than $500 million net of debt, made him a billionaire last year with the explosion in NBA valuations.
It’s great to see a Black man accomplishing such great feats, just wish he’d do more for the people who are making him filthy rich while dying just to be like Mike.
But maybe I’m tripping out. Congrats to Jordan though.