Juanita Vanoy Agreed To Marry Michael Jordan Under One Condition

Ernesto Cova
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We already know everything about Michael Jordan's life on the hardwood. He's one of the greatest athletes ever and arguably the best basketball player of all time.

Ever since he walked away from the game nearly twenty years ago, the GOAT has kept his private affairs mostly out of the public eye. He's a very private person, and we don't really know all that much about him aside from his very successful business endeavors.

Jordan's love life has always been under heavy scrutiny and speculation, but we've learned a couple of things about it over the years, especially since he married Juanita Vanoy in 1988.

Jordan's Tumultuous Relationship With Juanita

Vanoy was Jordan's most popular wife until they finally split in 2006. They got married under somewhat tumultuous circumstances, as Jordan allegedly wanted her to undergo a paternity test after she told him he was pregnant with his firstborn.

“She told me she was pregnant, unwed, and that the father of the child was Michael Jordan.” Vanoy's attorney recalled. “She felt she could not get Michael’s attention or cooperation or response without the retention of a legal representative. "They were having trouble communicating,” the attorney added. “Juanita felt this was something she needed to do,” said the attorney. “He was obviously not being responsive to her needs or the needs of the unborn child. It’s not something that if you ignore it, it will go away.”

They Got Over It

The couple got married in a private ceremony in Las Vegas, which was perfectly fitting given Jordan's passion for gambling. They eventually had three kids: Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine, which became their biggest priority.

Notably, their kids were also the reason why Juanita agreed to marry Michael in the first place. Apparently, she established one strong and non-negotiable condition before tying the knot, which is something not many women would've demanded from a guy like Jordan back in the day.

She Had One Rule

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According to Juanita herself, she wanted her kids to grow outside of Michael Jordan's shadow. She wanted them to be their own people and work hard for their own things instead of just settling for the lifestyle of the rich and the famous.

“It was important to me that they learned not to try to be their dad. They needed to understand that they had to develop their own skills, work hard and manage their own challenges on their own. And so I would insist that they not wear No. 23 and the boys understood that right away," Vanoy said in an interview.

Jordan Loved Her Character

Per his own words, that strong character is just one of the many reasons why Jordan was so in love with her before their split:

“Very independent. Very demanding. Of course, you know very caring, good mother. Learning to cook, love her to death, though," Jordan said of his now-ex-wife.

Getting married to a celebrity isn't for everybody. Having to deal with that lifestyle could be a major burden, and it's most definitely something the kids didn't ask for, so props to Juanita for wanting her kids to have a somewhat normal life.