Michael Jordan is famously known for refusing to say no to anything, but that’s apparently what his reaction was when asked if he greenlighted Marcus Jordan and Larsa Pippen’s relationship. While leaving a restaurant in Paris, a TMZ photographer asked the NBA Hall of Famer to share his thoughts about their romance, but he initially laughed it off. And when pressed further, his response tells you all that you need to know: “No!” The photographer attempted to clarify, asking, “You don’t approve?” The athlete shook his head to double down on his answer.
Jordan’s reaction is surprising, considering how Larsa previously claimed she gets along well with him and the rest of the Jordans. “I’ve recently been hanging out with them, but I don’t really want to talk about them,” she said in her interview with Tamron Hall. “I feel like it’s not about, you know, my parents or his parents. They’re all happy. Our whole family’s fine.” But it’s also not surprising if you consider how Jordan and Larsa’s ex, Scottie Pippen, have an ongoing beef. Despite being buddies on the court during their time in the NBA, their friendship soured after Pippen shared he felt disregarded by Jordan’s “The Last Dance” documentary.
“They glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates,” he wrote in his memoir, “Unguarded” (via GQ). “Michael deserved a large portion of the blame… He was the leading man and the director.” Perhaps Jordan’s resounding “no” had more meaning than just disapproval of his son’s new girlfriend?