Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan has been officially banned from a south Florida country club for wearing cargo pants.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Jordan, an avid golf player, broke the dress code at the La Gorce Country Club in Miami, which reportedly requires golfers to wear a collared shirt and bermuda shorts while playing.
According to the New York Post, Jordan was given a chance to change his wardrobe, but he refused to interrupt his game when he was approached about the dress code on the 12th hole.
The Post has obtained a statement from Jordan’s publicist that essentially denies any wrongdoing on the six-time NBA champion’s part.
“Michael Jordan did wear cargo pants . . . He had been there many times before and had worn cargo pants previously, and had never been made aware that he was violating any dress code. This time, he was made aware of the violation on the 12th hole, and at that point ... he did refuse to interrupt his game, and return to the clubhouse and change. We were not aware that he is not allowed to return to La Gorce. I guess it's their loss -- as MJ is a great golfer, and a great guest.”
Fashion experts at GQ magazine even weighed in on Jordan’s dress code violation by tweeting, “Michael Jordan's style: so bad, it gets him kicked out of places." In the article, they write that Jordan could be "the worst dressed man in the universe."
Despite the fact that Forbes reports that Jordan made approximately $60 million in endorsements last year, his deal with Nike alone would make appropriate golf apparel readily available to him.
Nike’s Jordan Brand has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, with his brand’s shoes controlling 71 percent of the American basketball shoe market.
Forbes estimated Jordan’s net worth at $500 million in 2010.