Michael Jordan lost a $57,000 golf bet to a criminal, ‘Slim Bouler’, putting a dent in his $2.1 billion net worth
Michael Jordan had to testify in court that he actually wrote Slim Bouler a check for $57,000 after a lost golf bet.
Michael Jordan wanted everyone to know during his playing career that he wasn’t perfect. While the caption “Be Like Mike” popularized him beyond control across the world, it painted him in a light that showed he could do no wrong. However, like all humans and especially those who are constantly in the limelight, he most certainly could.
Gambling was the only “flaw” in Jordan’s resume that could be discovered at any time and used against him. Despite the fact that putting money on mundane activities is not a crime at all, it has ruined the prestige of Michael Jordan in the eyes of many people, for some insane reason.
Gambling, however, became so excessive that two major events in his life that were certainly unrelated to it, unfortunately were.
His father’s death was turned into an unpaid gambling debt and his departure from the league in 1993 was seen as a secret suspension of David Stern due to his gambling habits.
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Michael Jordan lost $57,000 in a golf bet.
‘Slim’ Bouler once scammed Michael Jordan for $57,000 after losing a golf bet. However, Bouler couldn’t really gloat about his “successes” as he was found guilty of money laundering, which forced him to pay the government $194,730.
Jordan would be called to testify in an 8-minute court appearance which saw him confess that he sent Bouler the $57,000 in checks after losing golf to him.
“Slim” Bouler, the guy who won $57,000 from Michael Jordan, was from Charlotte, who played professional golf for eight years.
At the time, MJ cut his check, he owned a Charlotte-based golf equipment store.
—Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 4, 2020
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It wouldn’t be the last time Michael Jordan was involved in a golf bet that attracted media attention. A few days before the 1993 NBA Finals, a golfing friend of his, Richard Esquinas, published a book called “Michael and I: Our Gambling Addiction…My Cry for Help!”
In the book, Esquinas wrote about how MJ owed him $1.2 million in lost golf bets. Jordan would claim the total was only $908,000, bring it down to $300,000, and end up paying $200,000. Speaking of him, Michael said, “I felt betrayed by this individual. I don’t consider him a friend, because friends don’t do that to other friends.