• Actor Wood Harris talked about Michael Jordan in a recent interview
  • Harris explained why he lost "some of my like" for Jordan
  • Jordan's former teammate said the NBA icon inspired kids to do well in school

A Hollywood actor admitted that one story from years ago changed the way he looked at Michael Jordan.

Though Jordan won the hearts of basketball fans across the globe, it has been quite a baffling subject whether or not the so-called “NBA G.O.A.T.” is also a man of class.

Sharing his thoughts about the said matter, veteran actor Wood Harris recently recalled an incident involving Jordan that somewhat lifted the lid for him about the NBA icon’s mysterious character. According to Harris, he was once told that MJ refused to sign autographs for children during a practice session, a “story” that made him “lose” some respect for the six-time NBA champ.

“There’s one story where Common the Rapper from Chicago was a ball boy at the time,” Harris, who co-starred with the late Tupac Shakur in the 1994 basketball movie “Above The Rim,” said on “Jemele Hill is Unbothered.”

“As a ball boy, he had access to the players,” he continued. “So he had a couple of friends that say, ‘Oh man, you’re gonna be around Michael Jordan.’ They gave him a little something to sign, see if Michael signs this for us. ‘Okay, I’ll see it, ya’all give me $5. So he went to Mike, who he was cool with as a ball boy. And Mike told him to sign it himself.”

“As a celebrity, I felt like I just would never do that,” the actor pointed out. “It takes just two seconds to do and you know it’s going to the kids. I lose no love, but I lost some of my like [for Jordan].”

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Former basketball great Michael Jordan delivers a speech as he attends a party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan shoe line in Paris, June 12, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

While Harris’ story suggests that Jordan doesn’t reciprocate the love his fans have for him, his former University of North Carolina Tar Heels teammate Joe Wolf had another take.

In an interview with Spectrum News 1 last year, Wolf, who is now the coach G-League Greensboro Swarm, a team owned by MJ and the Charlotte Hornets, said he and Jordan used to be best of friends before the latter became the NBA’s biggest draw.

According to Wolf, Jordan didn’t reject fans. Instead, he wanted to inspire kids to do well at school before giving them rewards.

“I’ve heard stories about how after games at Chicago Stadium and the younger guys would ask him for shoes and he would always ask ‘well, what are your grades like?’ From what I heard, it’s when they brought him the report card, that’s when they would get the shoes," Wolf revealed.