Michael Jordan played poker every night during the Dream Team Olympics, and he always took advantage of having more money than his teammates
The sixth episode of “The Last Dance” — ESPN’s 10-part docuseries about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls — focused in part on His Airness’ gambling “hobby.”
Charles Barkley, an NBA great in his own right and a member of the “Dream Team” that won gold at the 1992 Olympics, said he, Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Magic Johnson played cards “every single night.”
“We knew that no matter what the cards were, at the end of the night … Michael was always going to try to buy the pot,” Barkley told Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter after the episode aired Sunday night.
Michael Jordan is a fierce competitor on and off the court.
The sixth episode
One of ESPN’s longtime faces is leaving the network. Trey Wingo, who hosted “SportsCenter” and the network’s NFL Draft coverage over a two-decade tenure, is exiting the network after his contract was not renewed.
The decision not to re-up Wingo’s contract came as part of ESPN’s massive job cuts, the New York Post reported earlier this month (the NY Post also reported back in September that Wingo was being let go). The host’s departure was not confirmed until today, which is also his last day at the network.
“I can barely remember a day which didn’t involve working side by side with this guy. @wingoz has been an incredible teammate & friend for more than 2 decades. On today, his last day at ESPN, I along with many others, salute him and wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Seth Markman, ESPN’s vice president of production
Thomas Hitzlsperger says becoming chief executive of Stuttgart shows football has made “progress” on LGBT+ issues since he came out seven years ago.
He was appointed chief executive of Bundesliga club Stuttgart, where he had also been a player, in February 2019.
“The past seven years have been a fantastic journey,” he told BBC Sport.
“The fact I’m the CEO of one of the biggest clubs in Germany is a sign of the progress. It wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago – even five years ago.
“My life changed seven years ago when I went public, and has changed for the better.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Euro Leagues podcast, Hitzlsperger said he understood the “anxiety” any current professional footballer still has about coming out.
“Someone insulted me on social media recently using homophobic language, but it