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SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST: SHOULD MICHAEL JORDAN GIVE MORE?
Published September 18, 1997
In the wake of the deaths of PRINCESS DIANA and MOTHER TERESA, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES columnist Rick Telander examined the charitable nature of MICHAEL JORDAN. Telander: "Jordan works out, makes his commercials, signs his deals, plays his games, then mainly hides on the golf course. In the realm of potential sainthood, this is a triple bogey. Where, critics ask, is Mike's social conscience? How much money does he need? Why isn't he spending his spare time in hospitals, war zones and slums, doing good works? ... Why isn't Jordan more like ... DAVID ROBINSON, who just pledged ... $5 million, to help build a school and civic center in inner-city San Antonio? Why? ... People should not forget that Jordan helped build the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chicago or that he recently gave $1 million to the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. Nor should they forget that he was attacked by a professor speaking at winter commencement ceremonies at UNC for not giving more money to another cause, the Black Cultural Center. Nobody can please everyone. In the end, you must please yourself. So the only real question for Jordan is this: Are you happy with what you see?" (SUN-TIMES, 9/17).