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Michael Jordan responds to golf course banishment

11/29/2012 at 12:27 pm By

Wednesday, news broke that Michael Jordan had been banned from La Groce Country Club in Miami Beach due to not being in proper dress code on the golf course. Jordan was reportedly wearing cargos instead of the required golf shorts.

Jordan responded to the story Thursday, admitting that he did indeed refuse to change his attire:

“I’ve been there many times and no one told me a thing,” Jordan told ESPN Chicago by text. “Then all of a sudden they come to me on the 11th hole and say I can’t wear cargo shorts. Wow! The round is almost over and you want me to buy shorts now? Yeah, right!!”

Regarding the golf course’s decision not to invite Jordan back, he had this to say:

No problem!!” Jordan replied.

Rules are rules, and if Jordan chooses not to abide by them the golf course is within it’s rights to decline to invite him back. Jordan will most likely have no issue finding a new course to attend.


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51 Comments so far

  1. jay

    on 12/03/2012 - Reply

    Hmm, no matter how much money the course draws in… Think about it how much more did they make as a result of Jordan being there? True some may say he is a spoiled celebrity, but i think it was petty. They saw him come in wearing the shorts, and expect him to purchase a pair. Maybe so they could sell the old ones or something. Truthfully who cares, how many golf courses could there possibly be in Miami… And now they will team with MJ to take these fools down.

    • Zolts

      on 04/05/2013 - Reply


      Glad MJ will be tossed! It’s the attitude and thinking ‘I’m better and it your rules do not apply to me’ … toss ‘em (period).

      Set the example and be part of the solution, not the problem!

      • Al

        on 04/10/2013 - Reply

        Its disappointing to read what occurred. Rules are rules, but that doesnt give you the right to enforce them when you want to. Coming to somebody on the 11 hole isn’t the best way to enforce a rule. Why not approach when entered the field? It’s Michael Jordan we are talking about, everybody notice him. I’m quite sure he is invited to 99% of the golf courses out there, who needs this one. MJ is well respected so you don’t want to burn your bridges.

      • tex

        on 08/23/2013 - Reply

        Part of the problem? what is this “problem” you speak of? He DID set the example he politely declined after the idiot decided after 11 holes of golf to make him change clothes. It sounds as if it was some snob that complained. Someone that would say something as you have written here. You read all of THAT into a pair of cargo shorts. Who is the problem here? MJ Good for you you did not want to be a part of this yuppy pretenders acting as if they are elite. Some jealous (jealous Judge from caddyshack cried that it was not right. I wear my big boy pants and so should he. I demand that you toss him. Play by yourself Judge idiot.

      • Ron

        on 08/30/2013 - Reply

        I’m betting you are one of those guys who wears a baseball cap while eating inside a restaurant. Just a guess.

    • Buck

      on 08/06/2013 - Reply

      Jordan was playing free I guarantee, the least he can do is follow the club rules. Jordan is one of the cheapest people in the wold. He has piled up millions and hates to spend a nickle. he is not thrifty, not conservative, not even tight. He is CHEAP. He is well known as a poor tipper, and just totally disgusting.

      • tex

        on 08/23/2013 - Reply

        You do not even know the man. Never met him never will. I have never met you but everyone knows your a fool.

    • Mitch

      on 09/19/2013 - Reply

      Well it was a good story until they got the name of the club wrong. It’s La Gorce not La Groce. And this club is freaking amazing. Not to mention has the best looking staff on the planet!! Smokeshows!

    • Cut Shot Geege

      on 08/08/2014 - Reply

      I’ve been fortunate enough to be a member of a small number of country clubs. They all have their rules and dress codes. In this case the club should have either informed MJ before the round was over half way completed or allowed him to finish. After all, a round of golf is an investment in typically 5 hours of your time (4 hrs golf, 1 hr warm up, paying, etc…). Racism simply does not come into play here. Unfortunately the members who call it their home have to abide by the same rules and when an individual comes and is allowed to ignore the rules because of their celebrity it obviously causes problems. MJ is a member of a large number of golf clubs. In Jupiter Fla where he just built a beautiful new home, there are a ton of private exclusive golf clubs in which initiation fees are $300K. MJ’s new home is at the Bear’s Club but there are a large number of awesome tracks in Jupiter alone. Courses and country clubs can indeed behave rather snotty but again they are private and do indeed have their rules. This particular club is a gem and will not miss a beat without him being there but all in all I would not commend the way MJ was treated there. I’ve played Pebble Beach 3 times in my life. It was truly a treat. They do indeed have a dress code. I adhered to that dress code every time to enable me to enjoy the absolute beauty of that hallowed piece of golf ground. Part of our problem with moving past the race issue is individuals who constantly blame the color of ones skin on the inability to get ones way. Our current president has not helped to bring us together but has done a credible job of further dividing us. Our way of life is changing for the worse. Everyones opportunities are being diminished. We need to unite and learn to love each other.

  2. weegordy

    on 12/06/2012 - Reply

    What boob wrote this. It’s LaGorce, NOT LaGroce. Geez! One of the most famous courses in America.

  3. sarah smith

    on 12/07/2012 - Reply

    any excuse to get African Americans out of the club…Jim Crow is still alive in 2012

    • Tim

      on 02/06/2013 - Reply

      Get lost with that BLACK crap. Some Blacks cause problems where ever they go.
      Get over IT……

      • damon

        on 02/13/2013 - Reply

        no its white racists assholes like you who antagonize blacks. You just afraid of a black man cause he’s smarter, brighter than u and he’ll take your woman.

        • gooseandgander

          on 03/01/2013 - Reply

          Hey Damon, LOL yeah if your all so smarter than us how come nearly half of you can’t even graduate from High School. Maybe you should hit the books as hard as the BB court. Oh and your female counterparts are more likely to get a college education cause they can’t rely on you to provide for them smart guy. Please don’t engage me any further with your iggnero-rantz

          • mike willis

            on 03/21/2013 -

            hey lets get along people

          • rg0515

            on 03/25/2013 -

            Gooseandgander: Typical response from someone who relies too much on the media. Maybe you should educate yourself before making bias, prejudice remarks. You know nothing about the black community except for negative side of what the media displays. I have two bachelor degrees, a masters degree and a successful career which is the typical makeup of my black friends and colleagues. I served four tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq only to have to continue to hear bull**it from pukes like you. It’s obvious that your intellect of the black community comes from the local news, ESPN, etc. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself you illiterate SOB!

        • tex

          on 08/23/2013 - Reply

          You do realize that what sarah said was WAY out of line. Perhaps not. It gets REAL old every time some little something (life) happens to a self described “black” human it is the “white” human being racist. Get a life sarah.
          Damon you are funny Jim Crow goona take the mrs from ya Ha Ha. Every “white” mans fear LMAO.

      • Josh

        on 02/14/2013 - Reply

        True some blacks cause problems just like some whites cause problems however we are talking about Mr. Jordan and no matter what, money still makes this world go round and by taking this stand for “dress code” the course will undoubtedly lose money and many patrons. I do not think that Donald Trump would have been banned so then it must come down to a race thing not a money thing.

        • Jon

          on 02/23/2013 - Reply

          Doubt The Don wouldv’e tested the waters like MJ did. This is quite typical of some celebrities who think they’re above everyone else, no matter what race/color.
          Actually, he (MJ), shouldv’e been told from the git-go rather than on the 11th hole. That in itself speaks volumes.

          • djbillyd

            on 05/09/2013 -

            Was he “testing the waters”, or was something else in play? I ask because of what Jordan said: ““I’ve been there many times and no one told me a thing,” Jordan told ESPN Chicago by text. “Then all of a sudden they come to me on the 11th hole and say I can’t wear cargo shorts. Wow! The round is almost over and you want me to buy shorts now? Yeah, right!!””. That statement wasn’t refuted by the management, so maybe it’s true. What you’ve done is either called “jumping to conclusions”, or just blatant ignorance. I’ll let you decide…

      • william

        on 02/28/2013 - Reply

        ck of blacks dont get what they want,then sarah smith shouts its racist.deport sarah,and micheal jodan to.america is disgusted w the race card.im ex us marines,sarah.i defended the us constitution,and freedom of speech.did u defend the consitution sarah.i want sarah deported.eat shit sarah

        • djbillyd

          on 05/09/2013 - Reply

          William, if you “defended the constitution”, and it’s amendment of Freedom of Speech, then why would you reply to Sarah’s comment with that egregious statement?

      • djbillyd

        on 05/09/2013 - Reply

        Tim that was really an insensitive remark to make. “Some blacks”, yes. But Michael Jordan? I doubt it. Maybe you are just one of those insensitive individuals who don’t really know, or care to know if your rants are factual. I refute those Blacks as well. But I don’t accept that kind of abuse from people like you. In fact, it’s people like you, who make these claims, that cause people like me, a positive contributor to the community, but who prefers NOT to be in the public eye, consternation. I wish you would get more educated on the issues that make the Black community to recipients of these derogatory remarks before you start to chime in with ignorance.

      • Marianne

        on 05/10/2013 - Reply

        no you get lost, this shit happens everyday, you don’t want to hear what is in a black person’s face daily. so eat a dick

    • tex

      on 08/23/2013 - Reply

      Apparently so is stupidity. did it go down like this. What you doin in them cargo pants there BOY. LMAO you are strange. Get a clue.

  4. zach

    on 12/10/2012 - Reply

    There is more to this story than we are getting, something else is going on here or else Club Management would not have allowed this… I would think that the shorts are just an easy foul to have a technical right to throw him off the course…
    I’d say there is probably some money at the root of this matter. Everyone knows Jordan likes to put money on everything, meaning a wager OR some gambling… That would be my guess a lot of golf courses are DEATH on gambling.
    Whether or not it is Gambling, I would BET that money is involved for WHY he was banished.
    Something stinks about this.
    But, the party stated RACISM being the cause, I doubt it, lot’s of black athletes from every sport enjoy golf and the ONLY color that a Golf course is interested in is GREEN $$$$, and these athletes have plenty of it..

  5. Ken D

    on 12/27/2012 - Reply

    I got the boot in FL for the same reason and pointed out to the pros after I changed that “If Tiger arrived to play in his mock turtle neck that would be fine ..”
    I told the three pro and assistants that the club was hypocritical. By the way the mucky mucky club $120 green fees was in receivership since they don’t have enough members to sustain their nonsense. By the way I am white. MJ we won’t go their since I have no use for him as a person.

  6. tom fitz

    on 01/07/2013 - Reply

    Golf courses have rules on top of rules. The more it cost to play the more rules you have to follow. You know that going in. Golf is a great game but controlled by the “Snooty Upper Class” who live in their own little world of make-believe. A form of Disney World, where a Coke cost $5 and a Hot Dog cost $$$$?? I’m a White Man and I used to play all the time, but I never played a course that cost me more than $20 unless it was free.

    • Mike

      on 06/26/2013 - Reply

      “I never played a course that cost me more than $20 unless it was free.” Not sure where to start on this one…

  7. Howard McTaggart

    on 01/11/2013 - Reply

    This golf club is a bit high on itself what a bunch of jerks

    • MD

      on 01/15/2013 - Reply

      This is too funny!!!!! If he wanted to play that badly (eye wink) he could have his own course AND his own tournament.

  8. Mike O'Horo

    on 01/21/2013 - Reply

    Just another demonstration of the ridiculousness of golf, and golf clubs. Who cares what kind of shorts somebody wears outside? It’s not like he’s dining at the White House. Robin Williams’s brilliant routine about two drunk Scotsmen inventing golf is dead on. Golf is the most pretentious pastime (it’s not a sport) in existence.

    • Sir Topham Hat

      on 06/25/2013 - Reply


  9. sulayman sosseh

    on 01/27/2013 - Reply

    I never knew that there is a uniform in the golf course.Why then don’t they ask those coming to wear a unique clothing?
    Micheal,do no worry or feel offended they are jealous of who you are,what you have accomplished and they do not know how to get you.
    Stay cool M.J you are the best.I am from AFRICA and I let you know that many there love you and even some name their children after.

    • Cut Shot Geege

      on 08/08/2014 - Reply

      So most high end golf clubs are in gated communities. They are private and thus they want to control their golfing environment. As the golf holes are very typically in the back yards of prime real estate they want to assure that the clientele is dressing accordingly. This is not a public playground where anything goes. Nor is it a public municipal golf course in which dress codes are still enforced although obviously not as strict. As stated in another post, these exclusive golf communities are very expensive ($250K – $300K initiation fees PLUS monthly dues). Of course there are rules to protect them. Racially motivated decisions against MJ??? Thats simply not the case.

  10. BOB

    on 02/06/2013 - Reply

    Rules are rules golf clubs have had them for years thats why it was so hard to get in them ….

    he knows there are rules we all do !!! even if we dont belong to a club …….

    clubs have rules to keep out the riff raff , even MJ doesnt want to play with riff raff

  11. Tim

    on 02/06/2013 - Reply

    If you play at private courses, you know there are rules. This has nothing to do with MJ. They ask me to leave when I was on 17th green. That course has plenty of rich people. Some even more wealthy than MJ.
    Jim Crow!!! You are crazy. It’s all about $$$$$$.

    • djbillyd

      on 05/09/2013 - Reply

      …and Jim Crow…

  12. FUTZ

    on 02/09/2013 - Reply

    MJ is a hypocrite. He owns a restaurant in Chicago. Try getting in dressed like he was, sucker. His big black bouncer will lay you out!

    • Mike Anderson

      on 02/19/2013 - Reply

      What you mean “dressed like he was”? Makes no sense! Cargoes are fine, in my eyes. Normal clothes, to me. What’s wrong with that? I can understand if his pants were down to his knees like a thug or something. But, cargoes…? Get real!

      • Sir Topham Hat

        on 06/25/2013 - Reply

        That’s right. Cargos are ideal golf-wear w/all the diff useful pockets.

        And you can put your weed in them.

  13. The American Way

    on 02/11/2013 - Reply

    Thats why I love America. We can be racist and just deny it. What better privledge?

  14. Mike Anderson

    on 02/19/2013 - Reply

    Here’s the deal. Tell him before he starts playing, instead of waiting till he gets to the 11th hole (where he would have to pause in the middle of the game…if he’s on a role, he doesn’t wanna stop to change clothes). They saw him get there and knew he was wearing cargos. BTW…WTF is wrong with Cargoes?! Are they stupid!? It’s clothes! They don’t make you look like a thug or something!
    Who gives a rats a$$ what my customers are wearing as long as they are paying me and enjoying my services as a business!?

    Find another place, Michael. I know you won’t struggle with that! You are God of Basketball and my childhood hero! :)

  15. peter menza

    on 02/26/2013 - Reply

    I have been to MJ,S rest. Iam from chicago, & there is no dress code & no bouncer. Idiot

  16. Gavin

    on 02/27/2013 - Reply

    Andre Agassi refused to change his attire in the early days of playing at Wimbledon and he refused to play, in the end he grew up and wore the correct attire. As MJ stated, he was on the 14th hole and only then did they approach him, if they had done so earlier I am sure the whole matter could have been cleared in an amicable manner.

  17. Hutv

    on 03/02/2013 - Reply

    Ok the problem does not stem from anyone’s situation but Jordan’s. Let’s address the situation; he refused to change because he has always worn the same attire and now they want him to undress on the 11 whole. Now if you run a professional club (made a bad choice, they shouldn’t have let him start, the question is; who at the club let him start?) then you would have address Mr. Jordan while alone after he has finish his golf game. Whoever plays golf, knows that wagers are being made throughout the game and it’s a competitive sport, to undress half way thru the game is uncalled for regardless of your nationality /race/color/origin/swag. Fellows learn to compete in the sport and not belittle one another in life; you move your time table with God when you speak bad things and God don’t like ugliness/hate. Mike will play again or bulid his own course.

  18. Cresthillux

    on 04/10/2013 - Reply

    As I see it, the whole thing smacks of an underhand plot to flex some muscle. Probably someone behind the curtains at the back stage, moving chess pieces at MJ

  19. Cliff

    on 05/18/2013 - Reply

    “Rules are rules” is just a bitch way of saying “I am wrong but, but i still win”

  20. rbmeoe

    on 07/08/2013 - Reply

    As if this is going to really bother someone like Michael Jordan!! Yes, golf courses have pretty specific rules when it comes to attire, but I think Mike has a point. Why wait until the 11th hole to say something? If he slipped by at the start of the round, wouldn’t it be a little more reasonable to stop him before he leaves the course, after the round, and remind him about the dress code? A simple, ” Mr. Jordan, we didn’t notice your shorts when you arrived, but, in the future, please don’t wear cargo shorts during your round as they do not meet the club dress code.” I have a feeling there is something a lot bigger here than the wrong type of shorts!!

    • Jim

      on 08/25/2013 - Reply

      I’m with you, why didn’t someone point out at start. By 11th hole, it’s way too late. It’s just an embarrassment and he handled it properly. I also wonder about whoever his host was. Why didn’t they tell him up front? I’m no mj fan, but this was handled very poorly by everyone except hi.

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