Michael Jordan sought to assert his greatness in yet another sports arena this past weekend: the racetrack. And it may end up costing him a small piece of his ego.
Exemplifying his legendary need-to-win mentality, Jordan texted friend Denny Hamlin last Wednesday and challenged the NASCAR professional to a race -- stating that he would admit that Hamlin is the better driver if he managed to pull out the W over Jordan.
And in an unfamiliar turn of events, Jordan somehow came up short when it came time to race. Hamlin crossed the finish line first, then demanding that Jordan fess up and admit Hamlin’s dominance.
As Jerry Bonkowski of NBCSports reports, Jordan said:
"‘I know you’re headed into the playoffs and I just want you to know I’ve never admitted to anybody that anyone is better than me at anything, my whole life. But if you win this race this weekend, I will admit that you’re a better driver than I am.’ I thought, ‘Wow, that’d be awesome.’”
Jordan’s tout caught Hamlin off-guard, but now he’s ready to have Jordan live up to his word. Said Hamlin, “I’m going to text him and say, ‘Admit it, that I am better than you and I want everyone to know.’”
For Jordan, who had been in Monte Carlo since at least last Monday, this weekend’s defeat may have brought up memories of his rendezvous in Minor League baseball -- a one-year stint that marked possibly the last time he was less than the best in a competitive endeavor.
Stay tuned for updates on whether or not Jordan actually admits to the loss.
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