Documentary director: Michael Jordan concerned footage will make him look like ‘horrible guy’
ESPN will soon televise a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan.
“The Last Dance” director Jason Hehir on initially discussing the project with Jordan, via Richard Deitsch of The Athletic:
Jordan’s most famous moment with a teammate? Punching one in the face.
And Jordan thinks we’ll think EVEN WORSE of him?
I can’t wait to watch this documentary.
Jordan demanded teammates match his competitiveness. It wasn’t always pretty, but it worked. Jordan had that aura. Teammates wanted (or at least felt compelled) to please him and worked to do so. In the process, they become tougher and more prepared for those playoff battles.
That doesn’t nullify Jordan’s “horrible guy” concern, though. Being a good basketball player can run counter to being a good person. Jordan was ruthless. His methods were often unkind.
What’s a fair way to view Jordan? It’s a complex question. But we should have a fuller picture after this documentary.