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Michael Jordan to headline Obama re-election hoops fundraiser

Aug 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

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Barack Obama had Michael Jordan’s back — the president said the current Olympic team couldn’t touch the original Dream Team. Now, Jordan has Obama’s back.

Jordan will headline a celebrity hoops fundraising event with the money going to Obama’s re-election campaign, according to Buzzfeed Sports (via Ball Don’t Lie).

The classic was originally scheduled for December of 2011, but was postponed because of the end of the NBA labor lockout.

According to the campaign email, the event will also include Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing and former WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes.

With Obama being a huge hoops fan — he had a court added to the White House grounds — this event makes a lot of sense. Obama has had NBA players over for pickup games before.

When this was planned previously — when everyone thought the lockout would still be going on — the list of players was long and impressive and included LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Grant Hill, Shane Battier and many more. We don’t know the time or location of this game yet, so the final rosters are not set. But expect big names.

The email to donors said that anyone who chips in to the re-election effort stands a chance to play in the game along side the legendary players. Of course, as with all political campaigns of any party, you can bet the size of the donation certainly helps your chance of gaining access.

What is notable is how during his playing days Jordan was apolitical to the point of controversy at times, once saying “Republicans buy shoes, too.” And his team is in a red state. But Jordan has decided to back Obama, and you can bet it has to do with a lot more than the Dream Team.

  1. dadawg77 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    As for Jordan political stand, NC went Obama in 2008 and is toss up/leaning Romney this time but not a solid red state anymore. Also the Charlotte like most cities area leans blue.

  2. dls612 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Who ever win the presidency, do your Damn Job! Now back to sports!

    • phaden27 - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      No kidding, reading some of these comments makes me have no hope for our future. People can’t even get along on a BASKETBALL BLOG. Bunch of dips.

    • saint1997 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:52 AM

      Im just glad to hear my two favourite players in Melo and Kyrie are supporting Obama. They are officially perfect

  3. jssgriffi - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Big deal

  4. bcjim - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Geez, other than actually playing ball, has mj ever done anything right?

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Those Hanes commercials seem to be done right.

  5. ncarolinarn7 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I’m done pulling for MJ’s Team, buying his shoes, or even following the franchise. Stupid move Michael.

    • blueintown - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Purchasing shoes or declaring fan allegiance based on the proprietors political affiliations is as silly as letting a fried-chicken mogul’s definition of marriage dictate which fast-food you buy. Thankfully, no one would ever be that silly.

      • mytthor - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        Actually what has come out recently about Chik-Fil-A that has made me no longer eat there isn’t how the company president feels about gay marriage, but instead that it’s since been outlined how much money they give to anti-gay organizations. It’s something I feel strongly about so they won’t get any more of my money. That said, I sure wouldn’t mind not hearing another word about it ever again.

      • blueintown - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        I get it, mytthor. Lord knows I agree with you. But people purchase products every day from various entities that funnel money to all kinds of crappy causes. Things like this can and should be debated in open public forums, there’s no reason to fight a proxy war involving fried chicken.

    • mytthor - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Yes. Stupid move. Michael’s really sad to lose you, I’m sure. Worried about making rent next month, undoubtedly.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Glad to see the celebrity in chief is up to his usual tricks.

      • xelrik - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:37 AM

        Glad to see you can actually repeat things from Fox. I mean you had to learn what all those funny symbols on your keyboard were first. Impressive!

      • cosanostra71 - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        I’m not a Republican. But seeing as you are clearly stuck in the two party system, it’s going to be a safe bet to say you are a Democrat, in which case I could use your own insult on you and ask if you’ve got any talking points that aren’t from CNN.

  6. lakerluver - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    He’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, I really don’t think he will miss your money. GO OBAMA!!!

    • progress2011 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      “LakerLuver” ….you and I can agree on this topic….ahahahah !!! Good point ! MJ doesn’t need blue’s “CHUMP CHANGE”.

      President Obama:
      1. Got my fellow soldiers off the battle field of 2 illegal wars, that were never paid for. Hence our 4+ TRILLION dollar debt.
      2. Re-Regulate Wall Street to protect the “Working Class” from the banking industry that handed out predatory loans like candy and caused this “GLOBAL” recession and folk like Bernie Maddoff !!!
      3. Establish a National Healthcare plan- to provide a options for people discriminated against by the insurance companies, based on age, pre-existing conditions etc.

      Just the top of the iceberg, for all the advances he has made but my top 3.

      I’m going to buy a pair of Jordans now and when his team comes to town, I will be at the game….ahahahahaha

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Even though Repubs and Dems are opposite sides of the SAME EXACT COIN. Still, I see why your comments are way more classy than those on the right wing side: you’re no useful idiot for the rich and religious hypocrites.

  7. durno99 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Color has nothing to do with it…..right?

    • phaden27 - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      What? Like Katrina? Go back to your political forum a$$bag.

  8. seanb20124 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    OMG Obama is so awesome he got me an EBT card to buy smokes and alcohol

    • xelrik - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:35 AM

      Actually I got my EBT card from Regan thx.

  9. asublimeday - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Love Jordan. Love Obama. Love it.

  10. ncarolinarn7 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Broad is the way ….

  11. fnc111 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    The great divider Barack Obama. Only blacks allowed it looks like to this event. I pray the clueless don’t out number the people who have knowledge of gutter politics Barack.

    Romney ’12

    • blueintown - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Yes, the article clearly states that only blacks are allowed at this event. You’d better get some sleep, I’m sure you have a funeral to protest tomorrow with the rest of Westboro Baptist. Nimrod.

    • phaden27 - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      Keep your mind closed FNC, you’re contributing to the greatest travesty in American history. Being a true believer of a politician. (Any politician.)

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      Politics is and will always be about money. You are a friggin idiot.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Typical paranoid delusional comment from a right wing NUT. They don’t need no stinkin’ facts: they’ve got a fat slob drug addict named Limpballs telling them what and how to think.

  12. isujames - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    @durno99 Yes it does, people like you only show up and comment on every post and only that post where race can be made an issue,get a life lame.Obama 2013

  13. fnc111 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    The reason big cities go blue is because they are filled with people that only vote Dem because of the free handout they get from losers like BO.

    • blueintown - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Because poor people come out in droves to vote, right? Cities go blue because they are full of (and this is sure to set off your angst meter, which is awesome) educated people.

    • akmgiants - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:00 AM

      yeah cos no one from Mississippi or Alabama is on welfare

  14. chicagosworth - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Should be fun to watch. Now back to sports lol

  15. muir6 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Obviously Durno it means something to u

  16. jerdogthompson - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Aah yes, the blue states chalked full of educated people right? More like the states filled with people with both hands out looking for the Obama value meal. That’s the one where you order whatever you want and guy behind you pays for it. Loser……….,,

    • blueintown - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Like Manhattan – whose citizens tread through revolting squalor on a daily basis, fighting for food stamps to sustain their ultimately meaningless existence – which went for Obama at a clip of about 90%. Not many educated elites swimming around in that cesspool borough, right?

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        The typical Republican is dumb as sin, but the ones who bring politics onto THIS site are even more stupid. Republicans are the embodiment of ignorance, hate, hypocrisy, and paranoid.

  17. imforbigblue - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    It is funny to me all black basketball players were listed in this thing and even funnier obama is only half black lol

    • akmgiants - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      your humor escapes me….

  18. hannsta - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    You know what basketball really needed to add to all the stupidity in comments we already see?

    Politics!!

    Please lets keep politics out of basketball…

  19. jerdogthompson - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Let me guess, the same highly educated people whom concocted the evil brew of CDS,CDO,MBS and the rest of the alphabet soup that spelled financial ruin for the world. Ever wonder why confuscious say, man who remain silent is thought of as a idiot and man who open mouth remove all doubt. Let it sink in meatball…,,,,,,,

    • akmgiants - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      those people live in suburbs outside of nyc, that vote republican

  20. rubberinnertube - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Jimeejohnson,
    Thank you for proving the left is just as culpable of blanket stereotyping and ignorance as the right.
    Don’t be democrat or republican…be intelligent. Neither group has it all right and neither group has it all wrong.

  21. xjokerz - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    Obama 2012

  22. davidcl77 - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    What a fool. He picks prez like he runs his rotten team. Race involved? Noooooo! Lol!

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