Public relationships often make headlines, but when it involves basketball legend Michael Jordan, the scrutiny is likely to hit new heights. Recently, Larsa Pippen, former wife of basketball star Scottie Pippen, found herself at the centre of the public gaze as she reacted to Michael Jordan’s criticism of her relationship with his son, Marcus Jordan.
Larsa and Marcus co-host the podcast, "Separation Anxiety", where they spoke about Jordan's comments.
Michael's Comments: Serious or Playful?
“I didn’t think it was funny," Larsa stated in response to Michael's comments on her relationship with Marcus.
In contrast, Marcus found humor in his father's words. He commented, “I know my dad, and obviously my whole family, we’re so competitive, part of our DNA is to talk s---, it gets us going and gets us motivated." Marcus went on to explain that he saw his father's remarks as playful rather than critical, potentially fuelled by his enjoyment of Socorro tequila.
Although he hadn't put too much stock into the comments, Marcus acknowledged that they had made Larsa "a little nervous". However, he also noted that Michael had reached out to them later to ensure they hadn't misinterpreted his remarks, a gesture that helped Larsa realize that Marcus had been honest about his parents' acceptance of their relationship.
The Weight of Public Scrutiny
Larsa, for her part, conceded that she had initially been embarrassed by the widespread attention garnered by Michael's comments. “I kind of felt like it went everywhere and I was kind of like embarrassed,” she admitted.
She acknowledged the awkwardness of the situation from Michael's perspective, saying, “I feel like for them it probably is weird, it probably is weird for your dad”. Despite her initial embarrassment, Larsa revealed that she understood where Michael was coming from.
Yet, she also confessed to feeling 'traumatized', particularly since Michael's comments had arrived after she had previously claimed that both their parents approved of their relationship. “I can’t be mad. I understand.
[But] Oh my God, I was traumatized. I was like, ‘What are we going to do? People think I lied,'" Larsa added.