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Lockout forces Jordan to pull out of President’s Cup

Nov 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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You know the lockout is serious when it cuts into Michael Jordan’s golf time.

Jordan was to be an assistant captain for the USA at the Presidents Cup challenge coming up Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. But he has had to pull out, and our golf cohort Ryan Ballengee at ProGolfTalk has Jordan’s statement.

“With the NBA labor situation unsettled, as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, I feel it is necessary that I remain in the country.”

Jordan was assistant captain on the victorious 2009 Presidents Cup team (the President’s Cup is the USA against the world except for Europe). He will be replaced by John Cook.

I’m not sure how the lockout really impacts Jordan in this case, other than the whole “I’m jet setting around the world with pro golfers while claiming my NBA team is driving me to poverty” thing. Actually, that is a pretty good reason.

For the record, if you want to watch the President’s Cup it will be on the Golf Channel and NBC. You might as well watch, it’s not like it’s going to be keeping you away from any NBA games.

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