Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  65 responses

Marcus Jordan’s Gambling Tweets Caused an Investigation

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Eleven days ago, Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus, took to the Twitter machine to brag about the amount of money him and his friends blew at a Las Vegas casino. He boasted about going through something like $50,000 in a single day.

There’s just one problem: Marcus Jordan is 19 years old, and the ensuing investigation is news because of who his father is.

The AP reports:

MGM Resorts International was under investigation after the underage son of basketball great Michael Jordan bragged on Twitter about partying at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub, Nevada gambling regulators said Monday. Officials were examining whether the casino operator violated laws prohibiting drinking or gambling by minors, Nevada Gaming Control Board enforcement chief Jerry Markling said.

People under 21 often try to gamble or drink in Las Vegas, but punishment for casino operators depend on the circumstances, Markling said. Jordan’s 19-year-old son Marcus Jordan tweeted Aug. 20 about spending $35,000 at Haze at Aria Resort & Casino. “Last night was stupid… 35K at Haze,” the University of Central Florida sophomore guard said. “Totals 50K something the whole day.” The tweet has since been removed from the site.

Jordan told a Fox Sports website last week that the tweet was a mistake and said he had conversations with both his parents about it. “I didn’t mean it the way it came across,” he said. “My family and friends know the type of person I am.”

Little more than a small slap on the wrist for the casino — if that — is expected to come of this. As for Marcus Jordan, his school has so far refused to comment.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Isn’t this the second time he’s made moronic tweets that have gotten him sh*tty press? He sounds like a nitwit. Once again, Twitter is the stupidest social media tool ever invented.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ^I agree with Cheryl.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…unless you constantly talk about it.

  • Hedo Turkeyglu

    Ha ha, could be Dennis Rodman’s kid.

  • snasty10

    except for herpes, that sh**t will come back with you

  • ENDS


  • ENDS

    Why do the “you might be interested in” links ALways show up on top of the damn article.


  • http://Slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Eboy, don’t blame Twitter. Blame the user. If there was no Twitter, Marcus still would’ve probably posted this on Facebook, MySpace, or whatever. He’s 19 and his dad is Michael Jordan. Need I say more? This is no different than the offspring of some other celeb doing something moronic because they feel like they can.

  • Hussman25

    DUMB ASS! I always hoped his kids would never have a sense of entitlement… Like theyre above the law; guess I was wrong. SMH!

  • ENDS

    I blame him. but I do agree with Eboy, twitter is pretty damn retarded

    Maybe were just dating ourselves

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    C’mon Bryan….I know he’s at fault, but Twitter beefs, tweet stupidity and horrendous spelling are the norm for a large section of Twatters.

  • The Philosopher

    Agree with 9:54 a.m. comment.

  • ConeyIslander

    You can pay for school but you cant buy class.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Its a shame Jordan’s father was murdered, he would have been a good influence on these kids.

  • The Philosopher

    To The Masses:
    The subject of gambling is all encompassing.
    It combines man’s natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and his future.
    (Franz Rosenthal)

  • Fat Lever

    Can we get this dude to “ride the bus” somewhere far, far away?

  • Ali

    Took the words outta my mouth Mr. Crawford!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Co-sign everything Eboy has said so far.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Because, Twitter really is stupid, it just gives you an opportunity to open your mouth and make a big mistake, just like Jordan Jr… If I’m gonna go to a casino, I’d rather not tell everybody about it, its none of people’s buisness where you go and what you do, so why go out of your way to tell everybody? Sheer ignorance my friends.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Ill jab marc jordan…
    I’ll jab his daddy too!

  • http://Slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Eboy, I guess Twitter is no different than the comments section of this site.

  • Yesse

    He seems to have trouble using twitter. I still remember what he said about Kobe, lol.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    Rick James voice
    “They should’ve never gave you N’s computers!”

  • The Philosopher

    @The Promise:
    Twitter is the reason some people say and do what some may call stupid things?

  • http://Slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    The Promise, there is no Twitter rule that says you “have” to tweet about every aspect of your life. Some do, most don’t. But again, it’s not the fault of the service. It does lend itself to a degree if voyeurism, but so does any social network. It’s all at the discretion of the individual putting certain information out there for the world to see and if you’re not conscious of the fact that the world is watching, things like this can happen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Very tricky, Mr. Crawford.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    @ The Philosopher….I don’t think anyone is that naive…what Twitter does is give you INSTANT ability to post your dopey thoughts in a brief statement that has the ability to make or break your perceived intelligence level. If you have 10,000 followers, you are 10,000 times stupider for posting dumb sh*t like Marcus did.

  • The Philosopher

    I was just inquiring to see if anyone was really that naive.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Meh. Dumb move.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    Bryan is right. Social networking? I’m neither here nor there. That the intellectually and socially challenged are now allowed to share their voices at will? That is where we screwed up. Too many stupid and/or ignorant people out here.

  • JTaylor21

    Eboy’s right. Who gives a flying f*ck about what someone else just did at this very moment. It just goes to show that people deep down inside are GROUPIES. Twitter is just showing us that groupies come in all shapes, sizes, races, and genders. If you wanna read about Diddy taking a sh*t while drinking Ciroc out of a diamond encrusted baby bottle then go right ahead but I’ll pass.

  • Javy

    Twitter, Facebook is a prime example of how our kids are losing their souls.
    Yeah I understand if you want to re-unite with somebody, but I look at some kids’ eyes and I see emptyness.
    I have a six-year old and he doesn’t own a nintendo ds or stuff like that.
    Yeah, he watches TV but I make sure I take him to his BBall practices, go to the beach, do Art with him and be on his life so he doesn’t become ROBOTIC like so many out there.
    Some are ARTIFICIAL HAPPY and others are GENUINLY HAPPY!! Which type of kid are you raisin?

  • Javy

    forgot the “g” on raising my fault….funny!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Shout out to JTaylor. I really don’t give a crap what celebrities are doing, they put their pants on just like I do.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bragging about losing money is like bragging about getting shot…
    N*gga, you a victim. What’s cool about that?

  • Anon E Mouse

    I think the creators of Twitter knew something when they named it…

    Not fussed. Take it or leave it – I choose to leave it but, please, please do not call it “social” networking it’s “mostly” far from social.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I don’t have any issues with twitter or any other form of social networking (ie this site). Like anything else, it’s about the users, not the technology. Just like drinking, people should do it responsibly (and most do). In my view, Marcus was stupid to make these tweets. Using his words, yes his family and friends know what kind of person he is, and now he’s showing the rest of the world too.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?


  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    ENDS, its because you scroll down before the page is fully loaded. If you wait till everything loads, then the Links stay below the article. Patience.

  • Sarah


  • Shem

    I hate to point out the obvious, but this kid only gets press because his dad. SLAM wouldn’t have posted this if his last name wasn’t Jordan. This kid probably won’t make the NBA, he’s a joke.

  • Klav

    the kid cost his school it’s sponsorship, he looked like a douche about the Kobe thing stating the obvious, and now this. the irony of “Jordan” and “gambling” in the same headline still makes me chuckle. this kid is shooting himself in the foot, his basketball days are going to be over real soon. how he was even able to blow $50K in one night? ridiculous, that’s higher than the average US income. entitlement ruins everything. philosopher: take it away with another quote!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Allenp: Maybe he’s trying to make a point about how much money he has–so much, in fact, that blowing $50K is like, soo casual to him that he’ll post that sh!t on Twitter. He’s cool like that.

  • http://slamonline.com bash

    For Allenp: the sole purpose of money is for it to be spent. Not to say Marcus Jordan isn’t a moron, because he is, but if he’s a “victim”, we’re all victims.

  • orl.chris

    As a UCF student I’m getting real tired of nothing but negativity in the media thanks to our players and coaches. Marcus cost us our partnership with Adidas which affected every athletic program on campus, and now this? Kid better help us win some games this year as he was less than impressive his freshman year.

  • Kent Kanada

    the ads at the top and below the article are from MGM MIRAGE CASINO…funny.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Teddy and Bash
    Spending money and losing money at a casino are two very different things.
    I never got the whole thing about bragging about how much you spent to acquire something, but bragging because you suck at gambling so much that you lost 50 stacks is beyond wack.
    I don’t care how much money you have to “blow” when you lose, you lost. The point of gambling is to win. Why brag about losing? think about it.

  • PapaBearATL

    If I do or say something stupid or under the influence of adult beverages and I’m around a few acquaintances and it gets out, it’s ‘hearsay’ and I can deny it at my discretion. If I tweet about it myself personally, then I’m an idiot. I don’t have a twitter because I’m usually too busy living my life to be that concerned with others lives and if you are important enough to spoon feed my actions to, then you are probably right there with me.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’ve known for a while now this kid is an egotistical jerk so this was no surprise to me. It’s funny too cause no one would even know he exists if he weren’t MJ’s son.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Hes a spoiled rich kid, and a douche about it, nothing new there. Kids starting getting soft when they put padding under their plastic slides and gave out participation trophys. We had metal slides that would scald your legs. Metal jungle gyms, long falls and ‘if youre not bleeding, youre fine’

  • Harrell

    Dumb Ass PERIOD.

  • http://dfjklf.com Jukai

    Allenp: I’m f’ing with you. I love to gamble. I do it way more than I should. I NEVER gloat about losing money. There is no point. it means you suck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    He was just showing off how much money he had…… idiot

  • rav

    this kid needs a good smack across the face but i doubt his daddy will do a thing as he’s proud that junior is being just like him

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    actually, Haze is a night club, so it’s more about him drinking underage than gambling. or maybe he did gamble/lose 15K. just saying.
    and twitter is dumb. when’s the last (or first) time you heard positive news related to twitter?

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com Masr

    Unfortunately like father like son. But honestly marcus is really being a dumb@$$ bragging bout ish like that and over twitter too, oh well.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    What a tool. But please people Twitter is not stupid, it is the way you use Twitter that is misunderstood. Sure people following celebrities and ret*rds like Marcus will get fed a lot of BS. But there is a whole other way to use the service. I for instance use it for work purposes every single day; by following a few (around 25) selected media I get a constant and updated newsstream, as well as links to a bunch of articles about certain topics (that I choose according to my needs/taste). I have never once had a ‘I just had x for dinner’ tweet in my Twitter newsstream. Except for some personal friends and a couple of BBall players (S.Nash is funny) my Twitter stream is made up of good qualified mediasites and people posting links to/about selected topics. People there is nothing wrong with Twitter, quite the opposite, it is solely about the people you follow/let pollute your newsstream. So try start using it in the ‘right’ way (right for me at least) and I’m sure you see the value it offers.

  • Yulenevano

    Philosopher is officially the Chuck Norris of fitting quotes. Chuck Norris quotes the Philosopher lol.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    Philosopher has always been an idiot. shut up!

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    He doesn’t look like MJ at all (I mean physically)…

  • nastierthanu

    Man what I could do with 50,000. Lots of hungry people out there. Every 19 year old makes mistakes. His are blown up due to his last name. Give the kid a break

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    Twitter isn’t stupid, it just exposes the stupidity of certain people.

  • Anon E Mouse

    He was just showing off how much money “his father” had…… idiot.

    There you go pardeep, fixed.

    Also see above for those of you saying like father like son – Nope, MJ Senior spent MJ Senior’s money. As a father, there’s a real simple way to stop this type of shit…This little Nucca ain’t got an allowance, he’s got a damn budget.

    On the upside, this will make a great season 4 episode of Boondocks…

  • The Philosopher

    @CB 34:
    Have you found what I have been asking you for?
    I thought you changed your screen name, or something.
    Anyway, it is good to see you up here again, making me look reputable.