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What Michael Jordan in NASCAR could do for Bubba Wallace and racing – For The Win

Michael Jordan is coming to NASCAR. And as one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, his presence in the sport is going to make a lot of noise. It’s an assist the struggling organization could definitely use, especially as many of its stars who transcended the sport have retired in recent years.

Jordan is teaming up with Denny Hamlin, a Jordan-brand driver and friend of his, to form a new NASCAR team starting in 2021, they announced Monday night.

In a statement, they said they purchased the charter team from Germain Racing, which makes Jordan the first Black majority owner of a full-time Cup team since NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in the 1960s and ’70s.

Although we don’t know the name of the team, its manufacturer or what number will be on the car — though No. 23 would certainly be an educated guess — its lone driver will be Bubba Wallace, who signed a multi-year deal.

Wallace has driven for Richard Petty Motorsports in his first three full-time seasons at NASCAR’s top level, but despite an improved performance this season, he’s still looking for his first victory. He announced earlier this month his plan to leave the team.

He previously said he wants a family-like team atmosphere but also a competitive car. And he told For The Win he thinks this deal can do both. He said:

“There’s a lot that’s still on the table to iron out and sort through. So it’s super important to me to feel a part of the team, but it’s also really important to go out and win races and be the best I can be. So as long as we set that up, there shouldn’t be any reason why this deal won’t be successful.”

This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.

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Wallace called the deal “a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” and he added in the release:

“Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins. I’m grateful and humbled that Michael and Denny believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”

Hamlin tweeted: “Deciding on a driver was easy.” And following the announcement, Wallace received an abundance of support from those in NASCAR and the greater racing world, including Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton.

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“Starting a race team has been something that Michael and I have talked about while playing golf together over the years, but the timing or circumstances were never really right,” said the 39-year-old Hamlin. “It just makes sense now to lay the foundation for my racing career after I’m done driving and also help an up-and-coming driver like Bubba take his career to a higher level. Plus, Michael and Bubba can be a powerful voice together, not only in our sport, but also well beyond it.”

Through 105 races in the No. 43 car, Wallace has nine top-10 finishes but just three top-5s, including being the runner-up in the 2018 Daytona 500 — the highest finish in the race for a full-time rookie.

In 2020, he’s had five top-10 finishes, and he came in fifth in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in August.

Wallace is the only Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, and he skyrocketed to international stardom this summer because of his anti-racism efforts within and outside of NASCAR. He led the successful effort to get NASCAR to ban the Confederate Flag, and he ran a Black Lives Matter paint scheme earlier this season.

He’s also spoken out against police brutality disproportionally impacting Black people, worn a “Black Lives Matter t-shirt at the track before races and encouraged Black sports fans to support NASCAR.

Michael Jordan practices waving the green flag before the NASCAR All-Star Race in 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Jordan said in a statement he’s a lifelong NASCAR fan. But he also recognized the impact this team could have on the mostly white sport and its recent efforts to be more inclusive. Jordan said:

“The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”

In addition to those opportunities, Wallace should have the resources for a more competitive or even winning car, between the sponsors he’s expected to bring with him, along with any new ones who may be eager to join the sport.

The potential for more sponsors and more fans in NASCAR seems monumental at this point.

Former NBA great Brad Daugherty is currently the only Black co-owner of a full-time Cup team, JTG Daugherty Racing. He’s also part of NBC Sports’ NASCAR broadcast team and said Jordan joining the sport never would have happened a few years ago.

Daugherty also called the new team a “big momentum shift for this sport culturally” and said that the “eyeballs are going to be incredible.” He continued, via NBC Sports:

“The opportunity for entrance into the sport will be made more available as far as people being aware of the availability to get involved in NASCAR as a fan or as a business. There’s just so many different areas that will light up just because of who he is and what he represents. His entire legacy creates opportunity for everyone.

“Now, we start talking diversity with what he’s able to do from a corporate standpoint and also just from a legacy standpoint with his brand. It’s going to be exciting.”

NASCAR needs a driver and personality like Bubba, and it needs the jolt of energy and new fans Michael Jordan will surely bring.

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Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin to field NASCAR Cup car with Bubba Wallace driving – ESPN

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Denny Hamlin is starting his own NASCAR race car team in partnership with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver.

Hamlin, a three-time Daytona 500 winner and top contender for this year’s Cup title, made the announcement on social media. The team will be a single-car Toyota entry aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Eleven years ago I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game and we became fast friends,” Hamlin wrote. “Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years and now we are ready to take it to the next level.

“Deciding on the driver was easy — it had to be Bubba Wallace.”

Hamlin said additional details would be forthcoming. Wallace is the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.

Jordan said he’s been a fan of NASCAR his whole life — his parents took his brothers, sisters and him to races while they were growing up in North Carolina.

“The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me,” Jordan said in a statement. “Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”

There’s been speculation for months that Hamlin was organizing some sort of ownership group, as he expects NASCAR’s business model to become more favorable for team owners when the “Next Gen” car is released in 2022. NASCAR rules prohibit a current driver from owning a team and driving for another, but Hamlin works around the policy with Jordan as the primary owner.

Jordan became a partial owner of the Bobcats in 2006 and bought the team outright in 2010, restoring the franchise to its original Hornets name. Hamlin has been a longtime season-ticket holder with courtside seats along the visitors’ bench.

Jordan has twice traveled to the NASCAR season finale to watch Hamlin race for the championship. Hamlin, who’s 39, is still seeking his first title.

Wallace, who has cobbled together about $18 million in sponsorship deals since he made social equality his platform, already said he’d leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season.

“This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career,” Wallace wrote in a social media post coordinated with Hamlin’s.

“I am grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.”

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Jordan Spieth eyes career Grand Slam ahead of PGA Championship – ESPN

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SAN FRANCISCO — It became a talking point as soon as he lifted the Claret Jug in victory three years ago at Royal Birkdale.

It remains one today for Jordan Spieth: completing golf’s career Grand Slam, with victories in all four major championships.

The PGA is the only tournament separating Spieth from the lofty club of players who have accomplished the feat.

“It’s something that I really want. It’s probably the No. 1 goal in the game of golf for me right now is to try and capture that,” Spieth said Tuesday after a practice round at TPC Harding Park, where the PGA Championship begins Thursday. “I’d love to be able to hold all four trophies, and this is the one that comes in the way right now.”

Of course, Spieth, 27, could use a victory anywhere.

The most recent of his 11 PGA Tour titles came at The Open in 2017, when he added to past victories in the Masters and U.S. Open, leaving only the PGA to complete the career slam.

Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won each of the four majors, with Nicklaus and Woods doing so three times each. Spieth would love to become the sixth to complete the feat this week.

Most would have had a hard time believing that he would go this long without another major, let alone a victory of any kind.

“If you told me that, I’d probably say that guy is kind of a jerk and I’d walk the other way, but here we are, and I hope to end that as soon as possible,” Spieth said.

When Spieth won The Open, he was ranked second in the world. Two years earlier, he had won five times, including the Masters and U.S. Open.

Now Spieth is ranked 62nd in the world. He has had just three top-3 finishes the past three seasons. His most recent top-5 finish was at the PGA Championship last year, when it was played in May.

“I almost feel at times like the game is testing me a little bit right now because I feel really good about the progress I’ve been making, and then it seems like I’ll really have one brewing, and then I’ll get where I used to hit a tree and go in the fairway, it’ll hit a tree and go off the cart path out of bounds, like it did during my most recent round,” Spieth said. “It just feels like I kind of here or there am taking some punches right now as I’m really progressing in the right direction.

“I feel like you can look at it a couple ways. You can get really upset and complain about it, which I’ve done, and that’s not helpful, or you can look at it like: Hey, this is part of the game testing you, and the better you handle these situations, the faster you progress forward.”

As for the career Grand Slam, Spieth said it doesn’t add any pressure.

“It didn’t really last year, and I had a chance coming in,” he said of the PGA at Bethpage. “That was probably my best chance to win so far, and it really didn’t have much extra effect on top of what major championships already add when you’re stepping on the tee Saturday and Sunday when you’re in contention.”

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Jim Jordan grills Anthony Fauci on whether protests spread coronavirus, rails about restrictions on church se – cleveland.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan had a combative exchange on Friday with longtime National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci over whether protests of police violence around the country are spreading coronavirus.

Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield and Assistant HHS Secretary Brett Giroir on Friday testified before the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus. Other members of the bipartisan committee grilled them on subjects including development of a vaccine for the virus, the safety of reopening schools and President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Jordan, a Trump allied co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, used his time to inveigh against government limits on church gatherings and business operations during the pandemic, while Black Lives Matter protests of police violence are allowed.

Jordan argued that permitting protests while cracking down on church services amounts to favoring one First Amendment liberty over another. He asked Fauci whether the protests are spreading coronavirus.

“Crowding together, particularly when you’re not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus.” Fauci responded.

“Should we limit the protesting?” Jordan continued.

“I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci responded.

“I haven’t seen people during a church service go out and harm police officers or burn buildings,” Jordan continued. “No limit to protests, but you can’t go to church on Sunday.”

Jordan said Fauci had advocated for “certain businesses to be shut down, arguing that he hadn’t “seen one hair stylist who, between haircuts, goes out and attacks police or sets something on fire, but we’ve seen all kinds of that stuff during protests and we know the protests actually increased the spread of the virus. You’ve said that.”

“I said crowds,” said Fauci. “I didn’t say protests do anything … Crowds are known, particularly when you don’t have a mask. to increase the acquisition and transmission.”

After Jordan concluded, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin noted that a recent Supreme Court decision found it constitutional to restrict the number of people who can attend a church service, as long as the same rule applies to other events like concerts, movies, spectator sports, and theatrical performances. Raskin, a constitutional law professor who often clashes with Jordan, observed that several large religious gatherings ended up being “super spreader” events.

“There is no religious immunity to this disease, and there is no free exercise exemption to universal public health orders,” said Raskin, who posted a video of his remarks on Twitter with a statement that said he wanted to “dispel the thick fog of constitutional confusion left by Jim Jordan’s disgraceful heckling of Dr. Fauci.”

Raskin said people who attend Black Lives Matter protests usually wear masks and abide by social distancing protocols, so they’re less likely to spread coronavirus than protestors who object to public health protocols.

“If you’re really concerned about the protests and people getting sick there, and we should be, then we have to look at the use of tear gas and pepper spray,” said Raskin, who said police have removed protestors masks in order to spray them with chemical irritants that will make them sneeze and cough. “It’s the use of those chemical irritants, I think, which is the real danger.”

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‘The Voice’ Alum Jordan Pruitt Calls Lea Michele ‘a Horrible Human Being’ – MSN Money

Open secret? Jordan Pruitt claimed that the Lea Michele controversy is common knowledge to people in the entertainment industry amid mistreatment allegations against the Glee alum.

“Everyone in Hollywood KNOWS that Lea Michele is a horrible human being …. she is a Bitch to everyone. We all know it … yawn. Moving on …” the Voice alum, 29, tweeted on Thursday, June 4.

Pruitt added that there is “much more tea where that came from … ” to which a fan encouraged her to speak out and “put people in their place.”

‘The Voice’ Alum Jordan Pruitt Calls Lea Michele 'a Horrible Human Being’
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“Well, I lived in LA and worked there for a LONG time,’ she replied. “I’ve seen ALOT. Comes with the territory. I’m just saying; the only thing shocking is that people are just now calling her out … bout time.”

Michele, 33, first came under fire on Monday, June 1, after her Glee costar Samantha Marie Ware slammed the “Cannonball” singer’s tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET,” Ware, 28, replied. “I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU [sic] HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘S–T IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD.”

Glee star Heather Morris followed suit, sharing her experience.  She called her former costar “unpleasant to work with.”

Michele issued a statement apologizing for her behavior via Instagram on Wednesday, June 3.

“The responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them,” she wrote. “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.”

One day later, a source told Us Weekly that although Michele “was completely self-obsessed toward everyone,” she “did not discriminate” against people based on their race.

Dean Geyer — who portrayed Rachel Berry’s love interest Brody Weston on season 4 of Gleedefended his former costar on Thursday.

“Lea is still one of my favorite costars that I have had the pleasure of working with,” Geyer, 34, told the Daily Mail. “She is extremely hard working and super fun to be around.”

Although Pruitt criticized Michele’s workplace behavior, the pair are on similar pages in their personal lives. The Georgia native announced in April that she and her husband, Brian Fuente, are expecting their first child together. Michele, for her part, is also pregnant with her first child with her husband, Zandy Reich.

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Michael Jordan Shows Support For Police Brutality Protests: ‘We Have Had Enough’ – HuffPost

Michael Jordan spoke out in support of the movement to protest police killings of black people on Sunday.

In a statement posted on social media, the NBA legend wrote: “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”

While the 57-year-old said he didn’t have “the answers,” he stressed the importance of “strength and the inability to be divided by others.”

“We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability,” Jordan said, adding that a “unified voice” and voting are what’s needed to change laws and “create systemic change.”

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Jordan also offered his condolences to the family of George Floyd, the Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.

“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice,” Jordan concluded.

Cities across the country and around the world saw protests and sometimes violent unrest this weekend as tensions reached a boiling point following Floyd’s death and the shootings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

The Associated Press estimates that at least 4,400 people in the U.S. have been arrested over the days of protests.

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Michael Jordan wasn’t able to intimidate Robert Parish – New York Post

May 20, 2020 | 3:48am

One NBA Hall of Famer didn’t wilt under Michael Jordan’s verbal abuse.

Some fans may forget that Robert Parish, of Boston Celtics fame, played one season with Jordan, winning a title with his “Airness” in the 1996 season, his only season with the Chicago Bulls and the final one of his 19-year NBA career.

But that didn’t stop him from getting the Jordan treatment, which was often discussed during different segments of the 10-part “Last Dance” documentary that concluded on Sunday.

In a 2012 interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Parish told an anecdote about a run-in he had with Jordan while he was a member of the Bulls.

In one of his first practices with Chicago, Parish committed a blunder on one play and was amused to find Jordan jawing at him just inches from his face.

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“I told him, ‘I’m not as enamored with you as these other guys. I’ve got some rings too,’ ” Parish recalled. “At that point he told me, ‘I’m going to kick your ass.’ I took one step closer and said, ‘No, you really aren’t.’ After that he didn’t bother me.”

The Hall of Fame center — who was part of the Big 3 with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale that led the Boston Celtics to titles in 1981, 1984 and 1986 — also said he preferred Bird’s leadership style over Jordan’s.

“What set Larry apart from Magic (Johnson) and Jordan was he wasn’t an in-your-face leader like they were,” Parish told MacMullan. “He had too much respect for us. If you weren’t having a good night, he was more inclined to encourage you, or not say anything at all.”

Parish, who averaged 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during his career, played in just 43 games for the Bulls that season, but still picked up his fourth ring.

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“I am the One Who Won it For You”: When Michael Jordan Poked Fun of His Teammate Upon Winning the Title – Essentially Sports

When Joe Kleine was crying after winning the title in 1998, Michael Jordan had a typical response.

It was the Bulls’ third consecutive title in 1998. With stars like Scottie Pippen, Denis Rodman apart from Jordan in the team, Kleine was far from being amongst the best in the team. And Jordan didn’t shy away from letting him know.

“Why are you crying? I am the one who won it for you,” Jordan had said as a new Instagram post from SZN Update recalled the incident.

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The 1998 season was Jordan’s final season at the Bulls. With the win, the Bulls had won their sixth title in eight years. ESPN’s latest documentary, The Last Dance, Jordan’s greatness concentrating on the 1997/98 season.

Prior to the documentary’s release, Kleine looked back at Jordan and how he was a great leader.

“He set the tone,” Kleine said in April, “Every day he set the tone, He was almost always the first guy there, putting in extra time shooting and lifting. I was fortunate that in 1984, I was on the Olympic basketball team with him in LA, so I knew Michael before he became ‘Michael Jordan.’”

Jordan started his NBA career in 1984 with the Bulls drafting him the third overall pick. Over the years, he established himself as not only an NBA star but as a global superstar. He was hugely influential in popularizing NBA across the world. He is also one of the most efficiently marketed athletes making him the richest athlete in the world. He finished his career as a six-time Champion and a five-time MVP. Incredibly, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jordan has 14 All-Star selections after playing 14 seasons in the NBA.

Joe Klein, meanwhile, played 15 years in the NBA for eight different teams. He played for the Bulls for two years between 1997 and 1998. He has an NBA title to his name thanks to his stint at the Bulls.

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Jordan accuses media of being ‘cheerleaders at interesting times’ in Michael Flynn investigation – Fox News

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday the media have been “cheerleading” the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn since the beginning, citing apparent leaks from the Obama administration that were published at “interesting times.”

Jordan offered a timeline beginning with a Jan. 4, 2017 message from then-FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok to an unidentified individual: “Hey don’t close RAZOR,” referring to “CROSSFIRE RAZOR” the codename for the FBI’s investigation into Flynn.

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“The next day, [FBI Director James] Comey meets with President Obama in the Oval Office and talks about Mike Flynn. [On] January 6th, Comey goes up to New York and briefs President Trump on the [Christopher Steele] dossier that he already knows was false, misleading and paid for by the Clinton campaign and then that leaks [to the press],” Jordan continued.

Six days after Comey briefed Trump on the Steele dossier, Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius reported that Flynn had phoned then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak “several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials …”

In his column, Ignatius asked whether Flynn violated the “spirit” of the Logan Act of 1799.

Jordan claimed Ignatius’ story led to the Jan. 24 questioning of Flynn at the White House by Strzok and FBI agent Joe Pientka. Flynn later pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, a charge that stemmed from that interview — and that Flynn has sought to rescind.

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“That Ignatius story helped all that play out,” Jordan said. “So they are cheerleaders not just in a general sense for the left and for the Democrats, they are cheerleaders at interesting times in the sequence of events.

“Those are the kinds of things we need to get answers to.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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