Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 3:41 pm  |  42 responses

Marcus Jordan Can’t Wear Jordan Brand?

MJ Jr could face major penalties if he doesn’t wear adidas like the rest of his UCF teammates: “A pair of shoes could end up costing the University of Central Florida nearly $3 million. UCF promised Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, that he could wear his father’s Nike Air Jordan brand for the Knights’ basketball team this season. The problem? UCF has an exclusive $3 million, six-year contract with adidas that requires all coaches and athletes to use the company’s shoes, apparel and game equipment.

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  • Ken

    If the program promised him something they couldn’t deliver, that’s lame. Otherwise, he should just wear what the team does, and if he’s good enough to go pro he can wear whatever he wants. This really shouldn’t be a big deal.

  • tavoris

    When you’re one os Jordan’s kids, it really doesn’t matter what kind of shoes you’re wearing. You’re one of Jordan’s kids…

  • Mike

    This is something Adidas should be ashamed of. This is an extenuating circumstance which they should gladly stand aside for. That would get them better press that this.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @tavoris…..:ok about Jordan’s kids….what about MY kids..???!!!! don’t worry, you(plural) got permission to wear whatever you want…

  • tavoris

    Mike, why should they? Nike’s been sh$%&ng all over them for 2 decades now.

  • tavoris

    greek dude…read the commenting rules, PLEASE?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Get in line and wear those stripes. The end.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    if i were him, i’d wear Jordan Brand anyway “cos you said i could”. if it costs them $3mill, that’s on them… they should’ve checked the damn contract first, eh?

  • Official

    r u kidding me MJs son should wear any shoe he wants to wear, screw the college rules! like Diddy says This is a sign of Bitchassness!

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    He’s starting to look a LOT like Michael Jordan. Just take off those glasses and you’ll see. Back to the topic, just wear the Adidas, kid.

  • tavoris

    I agree, Z.

  • Brian

    Can’t lil MJ just cover the Adidas logo with a flag or something?

  • TMT

    This is incredible. Why doesn’t he transfer to a different school, think anyone else would get away with this? What about if one of Shawn Kemps millions of kids wanted to wear Kamakazies on a nike team? Would they let them? Answer is yes, there are so many of them they’d take over Nike in a day.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    He should wear Chucks.

  • k-Man

    Of course he should wear what the rest of the team wears if there’s a contract that says they have to…But for a school that recruited him to tell him he would get to do something, regardless of what that is — wear a certain shoe, play a certain position, take a certain class, compete in some relevant other sport in the Olympics — and then when he gets there tell him he can’t, is absurd. They either lied to the kid or didn’t bother to check when he asked. Bush league.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    I say he should just deal with it for his college years because after he turns pro he can wear whatever he wants and nobody can do anything about it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The business of the NCAA.
    We rent your bodies in exchange for a pseudo-education.

  • http://www.clutchfans.com/ Blue

    I say wear the J’s anyway. It’s about time these schools start paying for promising sh*t just to get the kids enrolled. I’m pretty sure they had ample time to tell him about that “minor” snafu in info sharing before basketball season (or even the semester) started. He should wear em, no question. UCF is only using him to make money anyway, so Doowutchyalike…

  • Jumpman-post

    if i were marcus i would wear my J’s then pay the UCF when i go pro(or get my dad to pay he got a bang of money)

  • that dude

    To me it seems pretty obvious that someone just said yes to whatever when they were trying to recruit him, and didn’t think there would be trouble later. The real question is why the kid is all tatted up… didn’t he grow up in the burbs?

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Why doesn’t MJ just get gangster and let them forfeit their contract with adidas and let the whole squad get laced with the Jumpman. If the lied, they lied. But if they didn’t and he just assumed he could that is kind douchey.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Allenp. Two times.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    First of all, Marcus Jordan is a good kid and I enjoyed watching him at Whitney Young, but he ain’t going pro. Second, I agree with everyone that says he should wear them anyways, because they promised him he could. People don’t understand how big a deal this must be to MJ, he would straight up fire you if you worked for him and you wore Converse, Adidas, etc. around him. For his son to not wear Jordans or Nike would be like a slap in the face to him, but more than anything the school going back in their word is a slap in the face to Marcus.

  • ENDS

    Nike/Team Jordan doesnt want to give UCF a deal cause they say they are already well represented in Florida (uf,FSU!, miami) so not only will adidas let em go but Daddy warbux and his goon will do nothing about it, as far as monetery gain.

  • Yesse

    This is just childish.

  • Rog123

    I didn’t know u could fine a student-athlete for a dress code violation

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Like adidas is just running things right now! sorry but they have wack ass shoes anyway so just let the kid wear his air force J fusion and call it a day. Damn, Jordan falling off too. play wit it.

  • a_whiteman

    Just wear the adidas kid, ur dad had to wear converse in college

  • Steve

    Love the assumption that MJJR is going pro … maybe in the Greek 5th division! Good kid by all accounts, but he should focus on academics and spending the old man’s cash.

  • Aussie Boy

    SAB is right… anyone who disagrees- sorry your wrong.. so go away

  • vic21

    I think you should be able to wear what you want. Adidas is lame.

  • Klemperer

    How are you gonna disrespect Michael Jordan and the air his son walks on by having already signed a contract with Adidas!?

  • Eddie LOmax

    He should wear the Starbury brand, no?

  • DS44

    He should rock some protege’s

  • Saku 39

    The school shouldn’t have made that promise. Marcus should wear the shoes under the school’s contract, Adidas. Just because you are MJ’s son shouldn’t mean you are entitled to different rules.

  • luv2ball

    When I was in college we had Nikes that were given to us, but you could wear any shoe you wanted. It must be something in the Adidas contract with UCF, or the rules have changed. I also think if this kids name wasn’t Jordan noone would care.

  • luv2ball

    We had gus who couldn’t wear Nikes because their feet were flat and Nikes high arches hurt them.

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  • sush carter

    this issue wouldve been resolved if marcus was any good and had his choice of schools…he couldve gone to a J sponsored school and not had any problems

  • MJ is the Real #23

    MJ/Nike should just pay the fine(s) of Marcus wearing Jordan Brand sneakers for the sheer publicity of the whole thing (I guess Marcus isn’t a good enough ball player to garner any “publicity” but still). Kinda like when MJ was a rookie and he’d get fined $5K per game by the NBA for wearing shoes that had “too many colors” (not all white).

    I don’t know if anyone remembers the whole Nike Ads back in those days…. “The NBA won’t let Mike wear these shoes, but they can’t stop you from wearing ‘em. Nike. Just Do It.”

  • MeloMVP

    He should wear Jordans and have his dad pay the $3 mill fine…

  • absopure natural spring water

    i think he should be able to wear the jordan shoes because the school said he could. otherwise id say wear adidas. we shouldnt give him any le-way just because he’s jordan’s kid.