by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
Recent auction items that have allegedly belonged to Michael Jordan are now having their validity called into question by MJ’s mother.
The primary item in question is the recruiting letter that former North Carolina head coach sent MJ when he was in high school. While the auction house that is looking to sell the letter claims that it is the exact copy Smith sent to him, Deloris Jordan says that is impossible.
From NBC Chicago:
“When I heard it, I’m thinking, ‘No, that cannot be. What they have is replica,’” Deloris Jordan said. “The letters of Coach Smith and Coach Gunthrie’s letters I have in a vault. I accumulated all that stuff as he was getting prepared to go to college.”
Deloris Jordan said virtually all of the items in Michael Jordan’s restaurants and entities are replicas.
“I wouldn’t take that risk of leaving it. It’s so valuable and you can’t replace it,” she said. “I have so many things I have been able to really hold onto and these things I would not have given to anybody. What they have is a copy.”
The auction for Smith’s recruitment letter, along with several other items up for auction relating to His Airness, will be up for auction until February 7.