It’s been almost a year now since we put together our definitive guide to using the Crying Jordan meme. And yet, people are still using it on a regular basis. In fact, according to a Wall Street Journal article that was published last week, people are searching the Internet for the meme more than ever these days. It’s pretty amazing when you consider how quickly the Internet moves on from most other things, but people just can’t seem to get enough of the meme, which stems from a photo of Michael Jordan crying that was taken back in 2009 during his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
How does MJ himself feel about the meme, though? That’s the question people have been asking for months, and now, we finally have an answer. It’s not the answer you would probably expect, either.
After seeing how often the Crying Jordan meme was used during Super Bowl 50—at one point, even Steph Curry used it—we reached out to a rep for MJ to try and find out how he feels about it being used. And to our surprise, we found that MJ actually enjoys the meme.
“We think it’s funny,” a rep told Complex Sports. “Everyone seems to be having fun with it.”
MJ’s rep declined to provide any additional details regarding the NBA legend’s feelings about the meme. But TMZ Sports also just spoke with a rep for MJ and found that, as long as no one attempts to capitalize off the meme, MJ is OK with it.
“We haven’t seen anyone using it to promote their commercial interests,” the rep said, “which is something that we’re monitoring.”
So there you have it. Feel free to continue using the Crying Jordan meme as much as you want...as long as you don't try to make any money off of it.
Send all complaints, compliments, and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.