Michael Jordan The life of’s protagonist is not the only subject of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon “Air” from the movie “Air,” which was released on the 5th of April in cinemas and has many connections to his mother, Deloris Jordan (played by Viola Davis), and father, James Jordan Sr. (portrayed by Julius Tennon, who’s Davis’s real-life husband). The film recounts the background of Nike’s historic partnership with Michael and the way in which it came about that the Air Jordan sneaker came about. But, it also highlights the relationship of the legendary athlete with his parents and the influence his mother had in his legendary career.
Tennon in the role of Michael’s father appears in numerous scenes in “Air,” mainly alongside Davis’s character. Although the film discusses the pivotal moment in Michael’s story but it doesn’t cover one of the life-changing events from 1993: the death of his father.
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Michael’s dad, James passed away in July 1993. He was killed and shot when he was sleeping at the wheel of his automobile at Robeson County, North Carolina. As per Rolling Stone, the man went missing on July 23rd, 1993 after returning from a nightclub. His body was found within two weeks of his disappearance. At the time of his father’s passing, the newspaper reported that Michael was dismissed from the NBA shortly after, and announced in a press conference the death of his father “made me realize how short life is, how quickly things can end, how innocently.”
What Has Michael Jordan Said About His Dad’s Death?
Particularly, Michael became emotional talking about his father’s passing in the ” The Last Dance” documentary in 2020. “He was my rock. You know, we were very close. He constantly gave me advice,” the actor recalled in one of his episodes. “I remember, in ninth grade, I got suspended three times in one year, and my father pulled me aside that summer and said, ‘Look, you don’t look like you’re heading in the right direction. You know, if you want to go about doing all this mischievous stuff, you can forget sports.’ And that’s all I needed to hear.”
In an 2022 interview on ESPN, Michael reflected on the death of his father and said, “He never met my girlfriend. He was never able to watch my children grow into adults. He passed away in 1993. Jasmine was one year old. Marcus was three years old. Jeffrey was five years old.” But, he shared the sweet memories that he shared with his father as well, reminiscing about how they both were avid viewers of westerns. “The one thing we’d do was stay up late and watch westerns,” Michael recalled, noting that one of James’s most favored films is”Unforgiven,” a 1992 movie “Unforgiven.”