Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan was one of the greatest players ever to play a professional basketball game. Many would argue that he stands alone atop all players in NBA History. He didn’t always play a clean game; His Airness had a reputation for getting physical every now and then. But was Michael Jordan ever ejected from a game?
When talking about ejections in the NBA, it’s important to note that there is an odd distinction between an ejection and a disqualification. A player is disqualified when he accrues a number of fouls, technical fouls or flagrant fouls. Yes, the officials technically “eject a player from a game after a disqualification. However, the “ejection” statistic only tallies times when officials throw a player out of the game for one specific incident; obviously a disqualification requires a number of smaller incidents.
Michael Jordan’s ‘Ejections’
According to the stats page at ESPN, Michael Jordan has zero official ejections from a basketball game. He did, however, receive 11 disqualifications throughout his NBA career. Many of those came from officials issuing him a second technical foul for unsportsmanlike behavior; fans might view those particular instances as “ejections”.
On February 3rd, 1992, Jordan got into a heated argument with an official. He wouldn’t let up, and he consequently earned his second technical foul of the game. This disqualified him from the game. It doesn’t count as an “ejection” in the box score, but it certainly has the feel of one. Check out this video and decide for yourself.
There is a debate about whether or not Jordan was technically ejected or disqualified from a 1992 basketball game against the Phoenix Suns. This article references said ejection, though neither the ESPN stats page or the stats page at FOX sports can confirm.
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