Michael Jordan is notorious for being a jerk.
Like many elite athletes, his competitive streak is legendary, and in his drive to be the best, his personality has some rough edges. There are countless stories surrounding the NBA GOAT’s surly side, his predilection to hold grudges, his way of using slights both real and merely perceived to fuel his fire.
But not even MJ is immune to the charms of grandchildren.
Parenting is hard. Kids are a pain for the first 18-35 years of their lives, causing stress, costing money, and making us gray. But then they have kids and we become grandparents and suddenly it’s all gravy. Michael Jordan himself is realizing this, according to his daughter Jasmine, who told TOGETHXR how having grandchildren has turned the guy who used his power to keep Isaiah Thomas off the Olympic team into a softie.
“Michael Jordan, the grandpa, is soft,” she admitted. “My son definitely has my dad wrapped around his finger. He loves being a grandfather, and my son is his first grandchild.”
Jordan-Christmas is Air Jordan’s oldest daughter, and she currently works for his brand as a marketing representative. She’s grateful for how her dad dotes on her son but also knows Granpa will bring other assets to the table.
“That competition, and that, that drive is really going to be in my son’s corner,” she added in the same interview. “And he’s going to be able to experience that from a grandfather’s lens. So the pressure won’t be as hard on my son, but it’ll definitely be there.”
She knows from experience, recounting how involved her dad was in her life growing up.
“He was very involved during my childhood. He would pick me up from school, take me to my activities and be around as much as he could while still juggling practice and becoming the icon he became,” she told The Undefeated during a Q&A about her father’s hit Netflix documentary, The Last Dance. “But as I remember, he was there. He was as present as he could’ve been, and when he wasn’t I always felt his presence. He was very involved in my life and anything I had going on during those times. So I’m appreciative of the father he was then and how he is today.”
Watch Jasmine Jordan-Christmas’s interview: