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WHERE ELSE DOES JORDAN STAND BESIDES CORPORATE AMERICA?

          MICHAEL JORDAN's unwillingness to discuss social and
     political issues was examined by Gare Joyce of the Toronto
     GLOBE & MAIL, who wrote that Jordan is "an idol to some,"
     but to others he "is a fallen hero for not endorsing social
     causes."  Joyce: "Where does he stand on affirmative action? 
     On Nike's exploitive sweatshops in East Asia where Air
     Jordans are manufactured?  Nobody knows. ... It's hard to
     miss what was never there, yet Jordan's silence is
     conspicuous.  We know everything there is to know about him,
     except what he believes in and what is in his heart." 
     Author JOHN HOBERMAN: "He's thoroughly a corporate
     phenomenon with no apparent social or political conscience." 
     Chicago high school basketball player DANNY GRAVES, on
     Jordan: "What's Jordan do?  Man, he spends all his time
     golfing, living high and everything and doing commercials. 
     Do we like him?  No.  Do we want to be like Mike?  Sure. 
     Rich and out of here.  He sure doesn't want to be like us." 
     But journalist DAVID HALBERSTAM says he respects Jordan's
     right "to not have an agenda."  Halberstam: "There are too
     many ... celebrities who have opinions and political causes
     without a lot to back them up" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/9).
          MJ & THE FALK-MAN: In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence reported
     that DAVID FALK's sale of FAME is "the first sign that
     Michael Jordan is heading for exit."  Lawrence added that
     Falk's "top money man," CURTIS POLK, was "in disbelief" over
     the $120M deal.  The Falk group expected to receive "only"
     $70M from the sale (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/10).

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