Remember the excellent story that former NBA player Roshown McLeod told about Jerry Stackhouse and Michael Jordan back in April? If not, it goes like this: McLeod claims that MJ once sang Anita Baker’s "Giving You the Best That I Got" to Stackhouse in the middle of a game while "putting on a show." McLeod said that it was like MJ "had a concert going on in his own head" and that he had heard other stories about MJ singing to opposing players in the middle of games.
That might be true, but according to Stackhouse, the part about MJ singing to him is not. He spoke with TMZ Sports in late August about the alleged incident:
And during an interview with Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson and Jake Brown of CBS Radio’s Brown and Scoop on play.it this week, Stackhouse took things one step further and completely shot down the story McLeod told. Stackhouse sounded pretty pissed off about the whole thing and made it clear that MJ never sang to him while beating him on the court in the middle of a game. He said that MJ did score 48 points through three quarters during the first game that Stackhouse played against him in the NBA, but he also said that, if MJ had tried singing to him, he would have done more than just try to play better defense.
"I was becoming more of myself at that point," Stackhouse said on Brown and Scoop. "There wasn’t no giving me the business without getting some business back. One thing I pride myself on is being a man. I was 18, 19, 20 years old, I’m a man. So I can’t fathom another man coming up doing anything in my ear, singing to me, without there being a problem."
Stackhouse went on to explain that he has already spoken with McLeod about telling the story that he told. "Just mentioning the Michael Jordan thing, you need to be accurate with that type of information," he said. "I mean, he knows me. The first thing I did was check down on him. I didn’t call your show or anything like that. I checked down on him. And he was apologetic and wanting to come back on the show and square the air. But in the meantime, this thing has gone viral about Michael singing, but it is what it is. It didn’t happen. I’m here to clarify, to say it didn’t happen."
We’ll have to take Stackhouse’s word for it. At least until McLeod clarifies his side of this story. In the meantime, we’ve still got plenty of other MJ trash-talk stories to enjoy.