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So, About That Michael Jordan Crying Meme

I’m sure we’ve all seen different memes and GIF images of Michael Jordan, one of the greatest NBA basketball players to ever do it. But what a lot of people don’t know is where it actually came from.

I’m not sure we can directly pinpoint its origin but, following the defeat of the University of North Carolina (Jordan’s team) to Villanova during the NCAA Championship game, Monday night, the tear-shedding meme is bound to run laps around the web once again.

So, we did some digging and what we can do is give some insight as to where the photo was snapped and why Jordan was crying in the first place.

Let’s go back, waaaaay back, back into time. September 11, 2009, Michael Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the first time as an individual, and later inducted again as a member of the infamous “Dream Team.” His first induction (which I’m sure anyone would be honored to receive that form of recognition), jerked a few tears, not only from the audience, but from the man himself. Check out the video below of Jordan’s acceptance speech from that unforgettable evening:

I mean, I would cry too if I saw all of my accomplishments, hard work and diligence finally get me to the highest honors in my career, eh but maybe it’s just me.

Now back to the photo.

Somehow, someone, somewhere got a hold of a photo that was taken by an AP photographer, and suddenly the “Michael Jordan Crying Meme” was unleashed upon the Interwebs and the self-proclaimed social media graphic designers.

For example:

TAG a friend who LOVES the Jordan crying meme! 

A photo posted by Whistle Sports (@whistlesports) on

And then there’s …

Somebody help this dude #whodidthis #kattwilliams #TheEverythingPodcast #podcast #jordancryingmeme

A photo posted by The Everything Podcast (@theeverythingpodcast) on

Yep…the petty has taken all sorts of heights.

Although it was a very serious moment in time, and a very honorable moment for MJ, we can’t help but to chuckle at the creativity of the social media junkies to use this picture as a way of visually expressing their emotions. What better way to express their love and appreciation for one of the greatest of all time in sports entertainment.

Michael Jordan

Photo credit: AP Photo/Stephan Savoia