“I don’t care if you’re the GOAT or not” Michael Jordan once shockingly had his ribs broken by former NBA star


“I don’t care if you’re the GOAT or not” Michael Jordan once shockingly had his ribs broken by former NBA star

Michael Jordan

The former basketball player Metta World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest has undoubtedly had one of the most notorious NBA careers in recent memory. From his rocky beginning with the Bulls to the altercation at The Palace, World Peace has made headlines for the wrong reasons.

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Working on his second comeback, Michael Jordan. During the offseason, he would arrange pick-up games when some of the league’s most promising players would show up and play. Jordan may then put his skills to the test and determine whether he is still capable of playing at the highest level.

Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace

According to Artest, these contests are frequently far rougher than NBA contests. It was his first encounter with Jordan at the age of nineteen. Artest developed his skills on New York City playgrounds after growing up in Queens. This environment, along with some hard lessons learned from his father, contributed to the development of the brave defender who finally made it to the NBA stage.

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When Metta World Peace broke Jordan’s ribs

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

Metta World Peace was a defensive stopper who didn’t give anyone a break. Michael Jordan discovered that the hard way during one match. Even though the games were mainly for bragging rights and fitness, the young forward didn’t take it easy on Jordan.

In an interview with Chris Broussard, Metta World Peace recounts one of his most infamous encounters with the GOAT Michael Jordan , he adds “I got a chance of playing with Mike and I immediately think I don’t care if you’re the GOAT or not.

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He continued “He was just as crazy as I was and I got tired of him scoring continuously So I get his hand out the way, then I hit him with my elbow in his ribs and then the ref called an offensive foul. Jordan had refs at every single run, and the ref called an offensive foul, and I’m like, ‘Yeah!’ And then Jordan went like this (holds his side) and I was like ‘Oh…”

Metta World Peace faced fans’ fury

Kawhi Leonard and Metta World Peace
Kawhi Leonard and Metta World Peace

While media reports characterised the incident as a brawl, World Peace has always maintained that the injuries were the result of an accident. Headlines the Next day read “Michael Jordan’s ribs were broken,” it was revealed afterwards, Michael Jordan and Metta World Peace got into a brawl

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I then tried to clear the air by saying, “I did not fight Michael Jordan.” He punched Michael Jordan, they said. I thought, “Oh man…,” and I didn’t want to leave (my flat)… But according to World Peace, Jordan made things plain and gave him peace of mind. “Then Jordan calls me, and Jordan was like, ‘Hey man, it’s OK. Things happen, and don’t worry about it.’ And then I went back to playing,” Artest said. “It was one of the greatest phone calls I got in my life.”

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