Nick Young Reveals How An Impossibly Cheap Michael Jordan Stiffed Him Out Of A Few Bucks

JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images

Michael Jordan has the reputation of being so cheap that he calls every dollar he owns by its first name.

MJ, who is worth an estimated $1.9 billion, benefitted from pre-dating social media, so the narrative of his frugality never blew up. But, it is well-documented in the cracks of the web.

Charles Barkley went on record saying, “There’s nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan” before claiming Jordan slaps his hand away when he goes to give homeless people money and says, ‘If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, ‘Welcome to McDonald’s, can I help you, please?'”

Comedian TK Kirkland outed MJ for being a shitty tipper, leaving $20 extra on a $1,000 bill.

Now, lets add Nick Young to the mix.

“Back in college, I went to Michael Jordan’s camp. He had me work.

One night we went out, had a little fun, and we ended up breaking something in the room: a whole vase. It wasn’t no million dollar vase. It was inside a dorm, so you know they ain’t buying nothing.

So we ended up breaking it, and for our punishment, Jordan paid none of us. It was like 15 of us.

And I thought I was going to get my check at the end. All I got was a picture. He said, “That’s all ya’ll get is a picture with me.'”

The irony of Jordan being so stingy is that he was so careless with his money when it came to gambling, that is if he followed through when he was on the losing side.

In his book Michael & Me: Our Gambling Addiction…My Cry For Help!, San Diego sports executive Richard Esquinas accused Jordan of running up a $1.2 million debt over a ten-day golf binge in San Diego. Jordan allegedly played the debt down to $908,000, which negotiated down to $300,000, and ultimately paid just $200,000.

Hey, at least he paid up his $5 billiards bet from when he was a junior at UNC. I guess the money shoulda changed him.




Matt Keohan Avatar
Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.