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Tony Wroten received an apology from Michael Jordan following shoe malfunction

Mar 20, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

A few days back, Tony Wroten became the latest player to experience a shoe malfunction this season, when the sole of what he was wearing against the Pacers came apart and caused him to head to the locker room to secure a replacement.

Wroten is a sneakerhead of sorts, and as such was rocking a retro version of the Jordan 10 — a stylish shoe to be sure, but being a retro issue, it was one not made for the rigors of the NBA game.

These are the risks one takes when choosing to be fashionable, but still, the one whose name is on the shoe was a little embarrassed by what he saw, and reached out to Wroten with an apology.

From Jason Wolf of Delaware Online:

Tony Wroten said he received an apology from Michael Jordan after one of the 76ers guard’s Nike basketball shoes fell apart during a loss against the Indiana Pacers on Friday in Philadelphia.

“It was more embarrassing than anything,” Wroten said Wednesday. “But things happen. I got an apology from Jordan. Yeah. … He called my agent.”

Even though it’s been more than 10 years since Michael Jordan played in the NBA, he’s widely viewed by younger players currently in the game as the greatest of all time. It means the world to hear from him in any capacity — even though he was likely taking a light-hearted approach here by apologizing for something which clearly wasn’t his (or the shoe company that bears his name’s) fault.

  1. money2long - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    does he get a free pair in the mail too?

  2. tampajoey - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Seems like all the shoes that have been falling apart are Nike. Correct?

    • stephanrey210 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      I’m pretty sure you’re correct. Though if you recall not that long ago Matt Bonner of the Spurs had his New Balance’s disintegrate back in 2010. So it’s not ALL Nike’s. Hah.

  3. chicagosports2014 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Don’t Say Bad Things About The King Guys.

  4. calkinsrob - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I wouldnt consider it embarrassing. I mean how does that even happen lol. unless he means embarrassing for Jordan.

  5. stephanrey210 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    I’m not a huge sneakerhead but I’ve heard from “them” that the retros are not as good a quality as the originals as well. However, i bought the Jordan 12 retros awhile back and actually played basketball in them and they were the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever played in. To each their own I guess and I’m understandably NOT an NBA player. The Spurs wont have me.

  6. tomtravis76 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    You would think more of the younger players in the game who idolize mike would try and find a path to play for his bobcats. Damn Mike needs to get Charlotte in the right direction, maybe some good can come from reverting back to the hornets next season.

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      It’s because he has no idea how to build a good team.

  7. boondocksaint224 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Manu Ginobili wants to know where his apology is.

    • crownmethegoat - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      actually manu wasnt wearing jordan’s, he was wearing the shoes you find for $40 at the nike factory outlet, so its not jordan who owes him an apology, its nike.

    • calkinsrob - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      those were nike’s not jordans

  8. mackcarrington - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    What would anyone expect from a product that was put together by some 12 year old in some third world country?

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Well hell yeah! Because it’s some 15-year-old in a third world country doing the quality control – that’s a 25% increase in age and experience!

  9. jolink653 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    When is the general public gonna get an apology for the shameful display of basketball the 76ers have put forth this year?

    • phillycannon - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      if you dont like them…dont watch or comment on stories. point blank!!!!

  10. seanb20124 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Shoes I buy at footlocker are not made for the nba? Wtf

  11. stayhigh_247 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    “but being a retro issue, it was one not made for the rigors of the NBA game.” what the hell does that mean? If that were true then the box should say THESE ARE REPLICAS, NOT TO BE PLAYED IN! Thats nonsense, the truth is Jordan Brand and Nike as a whole use cheap material and cheaper labor only to charge over $100 for their shoes. Brett your statement is dumb, so if dude had been hooping at the local Y his shoes wouldn’t have fell apart?

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