Jordan won't attend DNC next week

Jordan won't attend DNC next week

Jordan won't attend DNC next week

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by CALEB TROOP / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 2:16 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan will not be in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention next week, NewsChannel 36 has learned.

After rumors of Jordan's involvement with the DNC, his rep said Wednesday afternoon that MJ will be out of town.  Earlier this month Jordan was rumored to be co-hosting a Labor Day night reception with Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, according to The Charlotte Observer.

"We're working on it, but nothing's finalized," Foxx told the Observer on August 8.

But his representative Wednesday said that report was inaccurate.

Jordan hosted the 'Obama Classic' fundraiser in New York last week, helping raise $3 million.

MJ is the majority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, who are lending Time Warner Cable Arena for the DNC festivities.

Stern, Jordan part of Obama fundraiser

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sport -- the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game.

Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points.

"But the other side is coming strong," Obama said. "And they play a little dirty. We've got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We have a couple of injuries. And I believe they have one last run in them."

Obama raised the $3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former New York Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there.

Invoking Jordan's competitive nature, Obama concluded, "If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that's when you put them away."

The players were part a daylong fundraiser. Earlier, former and current players participated in a $250-per-person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at $5,000 for two people.

"It is very rare that I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person," Obama joked at the Lincoln Center dinner.

Later, Obama changed out of his dark suit to shoot baskets with some of the players out of sight of the press. Obama, an avid basketball fan and a player, made a splash during his 2008 campaign by sinking a 3-point shot while visiting troops in Kuwait. His most recent star-studded game, also played in private, featured actors George Clooney and Tobey Maguire.

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