Michael Jordan has a well-documented aggressive nature — one that does not manifest solely on the basketball court docket.
Practically equal to Jordan’s indomitable will to win is his love of golf, a ardour he has loved since early in his NBA tenure. Typically, these two features of his persona intermingle. Such was the case when he as soon as performed a spherical of golf with professional golfer Brooks Koepka in South Florida.
Koepka, talking with Scott Van Pelt on “SportsCenter” on Monday, recalled the time he made the regrettable choice to speak trash to Jordan. Maybe he thought he could be protected from any blowback from MJ contemplating they have been taking part in his sport.
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As Koepka recollects, that was not the case:
“I used to be 1-up going to 17 tee. We’d been jawing all day and we’ve got like a 40-yard stroll again to the 17th tee and he hasn’t stated a lot the final couple of holes,” Koepka stated (by way of Yahoo Sports activities). “I stated one thing like, ‘I’ve obtained you proper the place I need you.’
“He simply tees the ball up, takes his apply swing and appears at me. ‘It’s the fourth quarter, child, I don’t lose,’” Koepka stated.
Jordan, Koepka stated, then proceeded to win the remaining two holes, successful the match and educating a worthwhile lesson to Koepka (who, you will bear in mind, is the world’s No. three golfer and a four-time majors winner): Even in the event you’re among the many greatest on the earth at one thing, it’s best to by no means speak smack to Michael Jordan in a contest.
“It’s most likely the final time I’ve smack-talked him,” Koepka stated. “I’ve not performed him since, however hopefully we’ll tee it up once more quickly.”