Michael Jordan’s disapproving mom put a stop to his cigar smoking in ‘The Last Dance’ interviews – Sporting News

Close, but … one cigar.

Michael Jordan is no stranger to tobacco. After all, there’s nothing like lighting up a Cuban cigar after winning a championship. But Jordan’s cigar habits go deeper than just one at a time, as images and video of Jordan smoking cigars are rampant throughout ESPN’s “The Last Dance.”

During one episode of this weekend’s “The Last Dance,” viewers noticed something curious: In just one interview that Jordan did with the production team, he had a cigar resting beside him. 

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On ESPN’s Jalen and Jacoby “The Last Dance” aftershow, docuseries director Jason Hehir revealed why Jordan had just one cigar during the interview process.

“He couldn’t have a cigar on set because his mom got mad at him,” Hehir said. “And he said, ‘I can’t have the cigar today because my mom got mad at me because she saw me smoking a cigar.”

It must be a little bit of a shock to Jordan’s system, considering the cigar aficionado has up to six a day, according to a Sports Illustrated report from 2017.

Deloris, Jordan’s mother, has proven to be instrumental to the growth of Jordan as a person and player, as most mothers are. She urged Jordan to take Jordan’s initial meeting with Nike in the 1980s, leading to a multi-billion dollar brand empire some years later.

Leave it to moms to be protective of the lung health of their children.