Michael Jordan is still taking it personally.
His Airness left out the first Ring of Honor Gala of the Chicago Bulls with Scottie Pippen while the legendary duo continues to feud.
„I actually don’t know how much effort was put into it,“ said Bulls chairman and legendary penny-pincher Jerry Reinsdorf about the attempt to get Jordan and Pippen to attend the event.
„Of course, it would be better if everyone were here, but we knew from the start that not everyone could be here.“
Both Jordan and Pippen informed the Bulls in advance that they would not be attending. Pippen has been publicly feuding with Jordan since the release of the documentary „The Last Dance,“ and has made several public jabs at his former teammate since the show’s release in 2020.
Jordan sent a video message before the dinner, thanking Jerry and President/CEO Michael Reinsdorf for founding the Ring of Honor and explaining that he was „so dejected“ to not be able to attend the gala.
„I’m so dejected that I can’t be here tonight,“ Jordan said in the video, „but I don’t want that to affect the fun you’ll have. Believe me, I’m very grateful and honored.“
Dennis Rodman also unexpectedly did not show up, but the Bulls are hoping he will be present at the halftime celebrations on Friday night during Chicago’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
„I would be happy if everyone came, but we announced it six weeks ago,“ said Michael Reinsdorf. „People have scheduling conflicts, and that’s just our way of thanking the players and staff. We look forward to it.“
The Bulls officially announced their first Ring of Honor class in December, including Artis Gilmore, Phil Jackson, Johnny „Red“ Kerr, Dick Klein, Jerry Krause, Toni Kukoc, Bob Love, Dennis Rodman, Jerry Sloan, Chet Walker, Tex Winter, and the 1995-96 team as a whole in addition to Jordan and Pippen.
Jackson, Kukoc, Luke Longley, and Ron Harper were among the players who attended the event on Thursday night. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who is in town for the game, also helped to moderate the event along with host Adam Amin.