The greatest basketball player of all time was also regarded as one of the most notoriously tight-fisted and apolitical athletes of our generation — at least publicly.
NBA legend Michael Jordan reached deep into his pockets to pull out a million dollars to go towards the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Bahamas, the world-renowned Caribbean island nation that was almost completely demolished by Hurricane Dorian.
Even though only 50 people have been confirmed dead, Bahamanian officials offered a very ominous prognosis, saying that thousands of citizens remain unaccounted for. Rolling out also reported about two dozen members of Oscar-winning legend Sidney Poitier are missing in his homeland after a category 5 hurricane packing nearly 200-mph winds decimated entire cities.
The six-time NBA champ is one of the celebrities, along with the likes of Tyler Perry and rapper Ludacris, who are giving to the rebuilding efforts. The capital of the Bahamas, Nassau, is less than 200 miles off the coast of South Florida.
“I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently,” MJ wrote through his rep, Estee Portnoy, in a statement that was obtained by TMZ.”My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.” said Jordan, who owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. “As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.
“The Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm.”