Michael Jordan has led a life that's veered hugely between triumph and tragedy. But the murder of his father is undoubtedly the biggest tragedy the star has faced.
Now in a new announcement, one of the men responsible has been granted parole.
In 1993, things were looking sweet for Michael Jordan.
But tragedy struck.
via: TwitterAs his dad and hero, James, was brutally murdered.
Thanks to his father, Jordan had developed a competitive edge at an early age...
The star had grown up with a stable family life...
It was James who introduced his son to sport...
via: imdbAnd even built a basketball court in their backyard... and well, it's all history from there.
But, in the summer of 1993, tragedy struck...
via: imdbJames was murdered when 2 teenagers shot him in his car in an apparent robbery as he was driving from Charlotte to Wilmington.
James was missing for 11 days...
via: imdbUntil his body was found in a swamp in McColl, South Carolina.
The teens involved were later tried and convicted of the crime.
via: imdbAnd they both received life sentences for first-degree murder.
By this point, Jordan was well established in the basketball world.
via: imdbThe star well and truly dominated the sport from the mid-'80s to the late '90s.
Jordan began his professional basketball career when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984.
via: imdbThe draft also featured court legends John Stockton and Charles Barkley.
Jordan soon proved to be a stand out on the court.
via: imdbHis talent was proven when he helped the team make the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game that season.
And it didn't go unnoticed...
via: imdbJordan received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for the All-Star Game for his spectacular performance.
Jordan's second season, however, was marred with injury.
via: imdbNevertheless, he proved he was one to watch - breaking new ground during the '86-'87 season.
By the late '80s, the Chicago Bulls were quickly becoming a huge force in the basketball world.
via: imdbAnd Jordan was credited for being one of the main reasons for the team's rising success... and it was truly up from there.
Following a short stint in minor league baseball, in March 1995 Jordan returned to basketball for the Chicago Bulls.
via: imdbAnd he came back stronger than ever.
Jordan lead the Bulls to a then-record 72 regular-season wins...
via: Getty ImagesSafe to say, he has a gleaming basketball resumé.
Over the years since beginning his professional basketball career, Jordan retired from the sport 3 times.
via: Getty ImagesHe first retired in 1993 and again in 1998, then finally hung up his jersey for good back in 2003.
But that's not to say he's not been busy...
via: imdbThe incredible Netflix documentary The Last Dance covered his entire professional career - alongside his tumultuous personal life.
But this week, Michael has received some tragic news.
via: TwitterWhich has likely stirred up some long-buried emotions surrounding his father's murder. Many on the internet are not happy.
@TMZ The world's justice system. A convicted murderer is about to be injected into the society... My prayers are wi… https://t.co/nVUOXaVoIf— Ure Chioma (ADA Owerri) (@Ure Chioma (ADA Owerri))1597792679.0
@TMZ If you had killed Michael Jordan’s dad, why would you think walking around in public is a good idea? And how d… https://t.co/oOlWq08haR— Truman Capoeti (@Truman Capoeti)1597786091.0
@TMZ Why didn’t he fight the parole to keep him behind bars??? It isn’t like he don’t have money to get lawyers to make sure u know .......— juju star garcia (@juju star garcia)1597803910.0
@TMZ This won’t end well for the killer, dead man walking in the streets.— Izzymready (@Izzymready)1597777457.0
@TMZ Honestly, the guy is probably safer in prison....wonder if that's crossed his mind a time or two.— Keeno (@Keeno)1597795111.0
@TMZ When does his dad get to come back and live again— Ray barnes (@Ray barnes)1597781984.0
@TMZ why is this even an option..— dead (@dead)1597777681.0
@TMZ On the next episode of How To Get Away With Murder🤔🤫✌— Maria B (@Maria B)1597779796.0
@ABC7 If this guy would be brown or black they would of used his prison mug but since he’s white they always try an… https://t.co/DR0NZfvvbX— Joe ochoa (@Joe ochoa )1597780667.0
@ABC7 https://t.co/z5ECWCKkui— David Kwak (@David Kwak)1597780319.0
North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission has granted Larry Demery parole this week.
via: TwitterHe's set to be released on August 6, 2023. Want to know why everyone's worried about MJ? Scroll on...