Philadelphia 76ers point guard Tony Wroten lost the sole of his shoe while playing the Indiana Pacers last week, leading basketball great Michael Jordan to issue a personal apology to the player this week since the shoe Wroten was wearing was a Nike Air Jordan.
Exactly what Jordan said in his call to Wroten's agent was not reported. The shoe malfunction forced a brief delay in the game during which time the 20-year-old Wroten ran to the locker room and retrieved another pair of sneakers, ESPN.com reported
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"It was more embarrassing than anything," Wroten said Wednesday, according to The News Journal
in Delaware. "But things happen. I got an apology from Jordan. Yeah. … He called my agent."
Wroten's shoe malfunction is the third time in two weeks that a Nike shoe broke apart while being worn by an NBA player during a game. The other two instances involved San Antonio Spurs Guard-Forward from Argentina Manu Ginobili, and the Golden State Warriors' Center Andrew Bogut.
The 51-year-old Jordan earned an estimated $80 million in 2012 from lucrative promotional deals with Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, and others, Forbes reported. Jordan has an estimated net worth of $650 million
due largely to such endorsement deals over the years. Nike's Brand Jordan label is a $1 billion business for Nike.
Aside from the shoe malfunction, Jordan has made headlines several times in recent months.
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In January, the former NBA star reduced the price of his Chicago suburb mega mansion for a second time to $16 million
. The 56,000-square-foot home was built on seven-plus acres in 1995 and initially went on the market in March of 2012 for $29 million. The compound features nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a cigar room, and a regulation-sized indoor basketball court, among other amenities.
In February, Jordan's wife Yvette Prieto gave birth to identical twin daughters
. The twin girls were reportedly named Victoria and Ysabel.
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