Nick Young Boycotting Michael Jordan Gear Because of Labor Talks

Nick Young made a bold statement Saturday evening after NBA labor negotiations ended with little progress. The Wizards guard was so upset he tweeted that he would no longer wear Michael Jordan shoes.

“I’m not wearing Jordans no more can’t believe what I just seen and heard from MJ,” he wrote.

Young is upset because Michael Jordan reportedly is leading a group of owners who refuse to give the players any more than 47% of basketball related income. Not only is Jordan making it extremely difficult for the sides to agree on a deal, he’s also proven to be a hypocrite now that he’s an owner rather than player.

Jordan said during the 1998-1999 lockout that NBA owners who couldn’t afford their teams should sell. When he was a player, he also fought against an offer from the owners he didn’t think was fair. “[David Stern] wouldn’t recommend that; he wouldn’t accept that deal from a business standpoint so why would he ask the players to do that?” he said at the time.

But now that he’s on the opposite side as an owner of a team losing money (the Charlotte Bobcats), Jordan doesn’t care about principles; he just wants the best deal for himself. A few players have called him a hypocrite as a result.

Pacers swingman Paul George tweeted that Jordan wants players to get no more than 37% of basketball related income.

Warriors rookie Klay Thompson responded to George by saying “You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro.”

George agreed with Thompson saying that Jordan was a “straight hypocrite” who “should’ve been the first one behind [the players].”

It’s amazing to see the way Jordan is derailing negotiations, though it’s not too surprising. He infamously refused to take political stands because he feared it would hurt business sales. Now that he owns an NBA team, he refuses to lose money.

Once again, the same man who has ripped Kobe Bryant, ripped LeBron James, and skipped Carmelo Anthony’s wedding, is treating today’s players like they don’t matter. What a shame Jordan. I’d say I was disappointed in you, but that would be no different from what I said two years ago.

Chest bump to Eye on Basketball, Alex Kennedy

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  • http://twitter.com/eardrop99 mae jude

    Good for you Nick Young; you  player are the CAPITAL!! that the FANS invest in, not the the OWNER; they are the RISK TAKER. So take a risk and pay these player

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Actually, the players are the assets that the owners invest in. The fans are the revenue stream. When the revenues aren’t enough for the majority of the teams, the league has problems. Add to it that players think they control the league and can play wherever they want, then the owners strike back.

  • Anonymous

    Oh shame on you MJ!  What are you thinking, looking out for your own interests.  What is this world coming to?  Why, just a few years ago, everybody was just giving it away.  Now they expect you to actually work for it.  What greed! For shame.  I hope a few of you can recognize the sarcasm.  NBA players have proven themselves to be the biggest crybabies in professional sports.   The laws they are using to hold everyone hostage, fans and owners, were written to help factory workers who were making pennies an hour, not game players making millions.  The whole thing is ludicrous. And now they are whining over whether they are going to make $7 million a year or $7.5.   For entertainment only, I guess the dispute is more entertaining than the games.  Heck, college hoops are better sports entertainment anyway and they are forced to play for free.  I say dump the whole NBA.  We will live without them.

  • http://twitter.com/iKrawl Matt Gorry

    Kudos on your English there Nick Young.  Get an education.

  • Anonymous

    I say boycott the NBA. What a bunch of overpriced athletes. peope all over the country are out of work and you want more money? The hell with the NBA and the hell with any other professional sport that follows them. I watch college sports primarily for that reason. I however do have one question. Can someone please clear this up for me. Am I to understand the players get a salary and a share of the money the owners make? Because if that’s how it works, then i’m pretty sure everyone in America would like to go their boss and say,” Ok I got my check . Now I want 47% of what the company made. WOW, wouldn’t be nice. OVERPRICED!!!!!!.THAT IS WHAT THE NBA HAS GOTTEN TO.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLANB7QOPIUEXO4GFISAWP2AXI Billy

    And that comment shows just how intelligent most NBA players really are. DUH!

  • Anonymous

    funny MJ had won 4 rings before request 35 odd millions dollars a year. he earned his money and might i add change basketball. He also made a lot for the NBA. Nick Young & Paul George what have you done!. please Jordan was not asking for this kind of money 2 – 3 years into the NBA. young BB players are asking for too much without an achievements.

  • Ampatuts

    Jordan don’t care if you will wear his gears or not…because theres a lot of people who still wants to wear His Airness gears most of all the shoes…