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Don't Be Like Mike
Salon ^ | 10/5/2001 | Tom Schaller

Posted on 11/05/2001 6:59:23 AM PST by Sanjuro68

Excerpt:

Corporate shill: According to Fortune magazine, Jordan's endorsements constitute the greatest assemblage of sports sponsorships ever. But Jordan has shown little concern about the social implications of his sponsorships. He hardly batted an eye at the accusations of wage, labor and health abuses by Jordan-sponsor Nike in its treatment of employees in Southeast Asia.

Political and race compromiser: Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor Harvey Gantt, an African-American, twice ran and lost U.S. Senate challenges to unseat Jesse Helms. When approached by Gantt's campaign for an endorsement, Jordan replied dismissively, "Republicans buy sneakers, too."


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The piece is a tired screed against Michael Jordan, but the above section caught my eye.
1 posted on 11/05/2001 6:59:23 AM PST by Sanjuro68
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To: Sanjuro68
Sorry, this was my first post. I got the date wrong (it's 11/05/01) and the link didn't post:

http://www.salon.com/people/feature/2001/11/05/jordan/index.html

2 posted on 11/05/2001 7:01:57 AM PST by Sanjuro68
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To: Sanjuro68
Pretty ludicrous article by Salon, considering how little concern they have shown about the social consequences of their blind support for the Clintons...
3 posted on 11/05/2001 7:05:15 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Sanjuro68
When approached by Gantt's campaign for an endorsement, Jordan replied dismissively, "Republicans buy sneakers, too."

Sure do, but Nike's a bit to pricey for me.

Too bad the league's in such bad shape that MJ had to make an ill advised return to try to save it from itself and it's slippery commisioner.
4 posted on 11/05/2001 7:05:51 AM PST by wheezer
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To: Sanjuro68
I feel sorry for minority sports stars. They know in their heart that conservatives are right, but their guilt forces them to stay demoncrat.
5 posted on 11/05/2001 7:07:43 AM PST by Texaggie79
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To: Sanjuro68

Your link works fine.

Hmmmm, business advice in Salon ...

6 posted on 11/05/2001 7:08:36 AM PST by dighton
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To: wheezer; sirgawain; Victoria Delsoul; StoneColdGOP
BTW, I got your latest album. Pretty good.
7 posted on 11/05/2001 7:08:46 AM PST by Texaggie79
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To: wheezer
Michael doesn't "have" to do anything. He chose to do this. No one twisted his arm. And many NBA muckety-mucks were against it, thinking his return would steal the thunder of the newer, younger players. I say...... bring it on!

FYI disclaimer - we live about 1 mile south of the Bulls' training hall. So yes, you can count me amongst those who wish Reinsdorf would have seen fit to give Michael a piece of the administrative action around here. Chicago's loss is DC's gain.

8 posted on 11/05/2001 7:09:02 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: wheezer
Sure do, but Nike's a bit to pricey for me.

I only run in Nikes -- for whatever reason, their shoes and my feet seem to match perfectly, though their quality control seems to be slipping: my last three pairs have been sizes 9, 9.5, and 10.5.

Too bad the league's in such bad shape that MJ had to make an ill advised return to try to save it from itself and it's slippery commisioner.

The league is in bad shape because the players are becoming indistiguishable in look and behavior from rap stars. I personally am uninterested in paying attention to a bunch of sub-literate thugs, regardless of their athletic gifts, and I expect I'm far from alone in that.

9 posted on 11/05/2001 7:12:33 AM PST by r9etb
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Michael doesn't "have" to do anything.

Yup, and he didn't have to go and play baseball for a year either. ;o)

He chose to do this. No one twisted his arm.

LOL....sure.
10 posted on 11/05/2001 7:17:13 AM PST by wheezer
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To: r9etb
My husband, a marathon runner, has had the same experience with Nikes and their lack of quality control. Always wears Pegasus, even though not always the same size!
11 posted on 11/05/2001 7:21:39 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: wheezer
Michael Jordan doesn't do anything he doesn't want to do. He wanted to try Pro Baseball and he did. (And it just so happened that the White Sox head admin. was the same admin. as the Bulls. So they let him.) You really think he's playing because the NBA commissioner talked him into it? If so, you must not understand Jordan's motivation at all.
12 posted on 11/05/2001 7:24:39 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Sanjuro68
"When approached by Gantt's campaign for an endorsement, Jordan replied dismissively, "Republicans buy sneakers, too.""

I guess Gantt thought that because Jordan and he share the same skin color, Jordan owed him an endorsement.

13 posted on 11/05/2001 7:33:05 AM PST by Freemyland
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
You really think he's playing because the NBA commissioner talked him into it?

Yup.

There is a school of thought that believes MJ hid on the baseball diamond long enough for his gambing problems (and their implications towards the integrity of the NBA) to be safely swept under the rug.

BTW...MJ's the greatest player and competitor I've ever seen on the court.
15 posted on 11/05/2001 7:37:10 AM PST by wheezer
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To: Sanjuro68
People still read Salon?
16 posted on 11/05/2001 7:40:37 AM PST by beekeeper
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To: Texaggie79
I got your latest album. Pretty good.


17 posted on 11/05/2001 8:37:42 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: beekeeper
People still read Salon?

Only for the pictures.

18 posted on 11/05/2001 8:40:31 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Texaggie79
BTW, I got your latest album. Pretty good.

Thanks!

19 posted on 11/05/2001 8:54:38 AM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Weezer don't have a sax player!!!!!!!!!
20 posted on 11/05/2001 9:22:08 AM PST by Texaggie79
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To: StoneColdGOP
I was talking to Wheezer.
21 posted on 11/05/2001 9:22:40 AM PST by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
Oh.
22 posted on 11/05/2001 9:24:40 AM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: Sanjuro68
Salon.com is still kicking? Someone put it out of its misery!!
23 posted on 11/05/2001 9:25:57 AM PST by lawgirl
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To: beekeeper
People still read Salon?

I was one of the early readers of Salon along with about 10 other intrepid conservatives who regularly did battle in Table Talk with the patelar liberals who resided there. I don't read it anymore except to occasionally visit to read Horowitz take them to task over something. Post-clinton, it's influence has declined along with it's stock price.

24 posted on 11/05/2001 9:33:35 AM PST by Snardius
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To: r9etb
I only run in Nikes -- for whatever reason, their shoes and my feet seem to match perfectly, though their quality control seems to be slipping: my last three pairs have been sizes 9, 9.5, and 10.5.

Maybe your feet are growing!

25 posted on 11/05/2001 9:40:02 AM PST by VoiceOfBruck
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To: hobbb
I believe if Steve had lived, he would have given Steve Knight a political wedgie over how his company changed over the year to one who expoited foriegn workers unmercifully.

These workers' choices are to toil from dawn to dark in a dysentery-infested rice paddy; become a slave laborer pouring asphalt in some Middle East sheikdom; or sell their children to a prostitution-pornography ring with the hope that at least their children will be fed.

The Third World is not peopled by mindless automatons requiring the benevolent wisdom of superior Westerners to watch out for their interests. They work for Nike because it is their highest and best alternative.

26 posted on 11/05/2001 9:56:53 AM PST by SteamshipTime
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To: hobbb
Steve Knight? Know your enemy, bud. His name is Phil. As for looking ridiculous in Nike wear, I'd guess you look spectacular in Goodwill castoffs.
27 posted on 11/05/2001 10:04:22 AM PST by mountaineer
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