There’s a soft spot in every sports fan’s heart for the children of their favorite athlete. Bronny James has always had a cult-like following on social media ever since he joined the JV team. The father – son relationship between Stephen Curry and former NBA player Dell Curry has always been a fun little wrinkle in his rapid rise to stardom. But what about the children with the genes of the Greatest of All Time, Michael Jordan?
The man himself, Michael Jordan, gave his genetic makeup to five children – Jeffrey, Marcus, Jasmine, Ysabel, and Victoria.
Despite overwhelming success and a global spotlight, Michael Jordan has always been a private person. His children maintain that he made sure to shield them from being exposed too much to the public eye. In their household, he was just their normal dad.
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“I definitely didn’t realize growing up who he was. He was “Dad,” and that was it.” said her eldest daughter Jasmine said, sharing in her pre-teens she finally searched him online “to see why everyone was so obsessed”
“It didn’t hit me that he was the phenomenon that he is,” she said. “I would ask him questions all the time like, “Why do you think you’re the greatest?” and he would just laugh.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the children raised by Michael Jordan:
Jeffrey Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan’s eldest child Jeffrey was his first born with former wife Juanita Vanoy. Jeffrey is 31 years old and shares that he lived a fairly “normal” life with his siblings.
He initially followed in Michael Jordan’s footsteps and played division I basketball in the University of Illinois, and eventually transferred to the University of Central Florida where he got his degree. He’s a 6’1 guard that played well enough in high school to merit his recruitment offers, but failed to stand out in the next level. His per-game averages were a less than pedestrian 1.6 points, 0.8 assists, and 1.2 rebounds per game in combined action for Illinois and Central Florida.
Marcus James Jordan
Marcus James Jordan is Jeffrey’s younger brother. He also played ball in high school as a standout at Whitney Young. He gradually improved and led the team to the 4A state title in Illinois where he scored a game-high 19 points, including a pair of clutch free throws, to clinch the championship. Michael Jordan surely approved.
He performed quite better than his older brother in the college ranks. He also attended the University of Central Florida as a three star recruit. During his freshman campaign, Marcus was named to the Conference USA all-freshman team after averaging a solid eight points per contest.
He finished his career with the Knights with averages of 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. But he was most famous for making headlines when he refused to give up his Nike Jordans for the team’s sponsored Adidas merchandise. This cost his school millions in terms of lost support from the Nike rival. It’s not what Michael Jordan averaged in college, but it was certainly respectable.
Jasmine Mickael Jordan
Jasmine Mickael Jordan is 27 years old, and the youngest of Michael Jordan’s children from his first wife Juanita. Like almost any fan of his airness, she keeps a wide collection of her father’s signature shoes. An avid sneaker head, she owns around 300 pairs in her North Carolina home alone, and that doesn’t include the ones in each of her parents’ houses. She eventually took up sports management at Syracuse University and has made a career out of her love for sports by working for Jordan Brand.
She splits her time between Nike’s HQ in Oregon, her mom’s home in Illinois, and her father’s home in Florida. Charlotte, North Carolina, is where she considers her first home. Michael Jordan owns the hometown Hornets.
Jasmine recently gave birth to a baby boy in 2019 named Rakeem Michael Christmas. He was named after Michael Jordan and her fiancee Rakeem Christmas, who played basketball at Syracuse. He had a cup of coffee in the NBA as well, for MJ’s Eastern Conference rival the Indiana Pacers.
Victoria and Ysabel Jordan
Michael Jordan also has a pair of twin baby girls with his current wife Yvette Prieto Jordan. Victoria and Ysabel Jordan were born on Feb. 9, 2014. The pair of 6 year olds are identical twins and are currently being raised in Michael’s and Yvette’s household located in South Florida.
Michael Jordan and Yvette initially met in 2008, and eventually got married five years later. Yvette Jordan gave birth to their new born twins the following year.