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The 10th Anniversary Of The Photo That Originated The Greatest Meme Of All Time: Crying Jordan

Michael Jordan is arguably the best basketball player of all time and one of the most revered sports figure in the history of the world. Leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and basically winning every accolade habida y por haber, this true legend even forayed into baseball. His winning attitude has inspired generations of young boys and girls to be better, to jump higher, to grab life by the (basket)balls when facing difficulties. Jordan was also a master businessman: his Air Jordan brand, which he launched with Nike, has remained relevant and continues to be both a fashion statement and a sponsor for other sports icons such as boxers Manny Pacquiao and Gennady GGG Golovkin. 

So it is kind of sad that such a pinche hero is remembered by many chavitos just because of a meme.

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Just look at the jefe de jefes defying the laws of physics and doing what is perhaps the most remembered slam dunk of all time. He literally flew and made us believe that anything is possible. We don’t see him crying here, right? We can just watch this moment on loop over and over again. 

Michael Jordan is also a true icon of 1990s popular culture.

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Yes, this NBA icon is as important to 1990s pop culture as “Beverly Hills 90210,” Nirvana, MTV and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. His movie “Space Jam!” has become a cult film that will even get a remake with LeBron James in the lead role. We can still remember all those tacky jackets with Taz embroidered on the back! 

So this is the photo that started it all.

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So the story goes like this. Jordan was introduced to the Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2009. The date, of course, is highly significant not only in the United States but all over the world. From an early age Jordan, now 56, dreamt of becoming a professional athlete, so being recognized as one of the best ever was a big deal, and a humbling occasion. Stephan Savoia, the Associated Press photographer who took the iconic photograph, told Yahoo Sports: So he comes up, he’s introduced. He walks up to the podium, and drops his head, and starts crying. Before he said a word. … As soon as he walked up and his head was down, we knew there was an emotion there that was probably honest in its origin. And it became apparent, once he started talking, that he was truly humbled”. 

One snapshot forever linked the great Michael Jordan to the Internet’s popular lore.

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The meme didn’t actually become popular until 2015, six years after the photo was taken. In 2014 the photo was photoshopped by users of the website Boxden.com. It then made its rounds on the Internet mill and spread like a virus on millions of computer and mobile screens. By 2016 it was perhaps the most recognizable meme in the world. 

The Crying Jordan meme is probably the most postmodern thing ever.

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Postmodern culture is materialized in mashups and remixes, where everything becomes a copy of a copy of a copy. The most postmodern filmmaker in American cinema, Quentin Tarantino, basically copies the work of other directors and gives it his personal touch. Well, with the Crying Jordan meme the real significance of the moment is lost, perhaps forever. The photo has lost all context. They are tears of joy, not sadness!

And of course, Crying Jordan is not the only sad meme out there.

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Someone, please give Keanu a hug! 

We all have reasons to cry, so one way or another you will relate to Jordan.

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One of the reasons why some memes become popular while others just fall into oblivion is that we can all relate to them. Crying Jordan is an enigmatic image: it shows an icon, a symbol of Black masculinity and capitalist success in a very vulnerable moment. He is basically overcome by emotion, something that we never witnessed on the court, where he was the epitome of mindfulness, out-of-the-world skills, and concentration. In this photo, however, he is a crying, vulnerable middle-aged man. 

We have all enjoyed seeing others cry (we hate to admit it, but we have, even if it was something super innocent). Sports fans are particularly happy when adversaries are defeated.

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When Germany had a disastrous 2018 Soccer World Cup the internet had a blast mocking them. And yes, Crying Jordan became el dedo en la llaga of Germany’s first round elimination. 

Obviously, Chicago Bulls fans have used their most beloved icon to mock their rivals, the Boston Celtics.

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There are sports rivalries that extend through the years, and one of them is the Celtics vs Bulls rivalry. Every time Boston has a bad season or loses in the playoffs, Chicago fans are quick to get their hands on the most dangerous weapon in the meme arsenal: Crying Jordan Face. 

“Mr. Jordan, I don’t feel so good…”

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Seriously, we all did a Crying Jordan when certain superhero dissolves into thin air during the movie… Sorry, we have tried to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but if you haven’t watched “Avengers: Infinity War” yet, well, it is sort of your fault. 

Oh, deer!

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Oh man, nothing like a good Crying Jordan face on a cute animal. This one is particularly touching given that we were already traumatized by Bambi and think that deer have like the saddest lives ever. Can someone hand us los Kleenex, porfis?

What fresh hell is this meme mashup?

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This is just a bit too much… in the era of deep fake videos and photos, this gives us all the creeps. Ay, nanita!

OMG, this is as nightmare-inducing as it is addictive. The meme about memes, about memes.

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Meme culture summarized in an image! Momo holding Crying Jordan’s hand while he is looking at Crying Lebron James, the new kid on the block. We will get pesadillas. Mis ojos, mis ojos se queman, ayuda!

This would honestly make an awesome laptop sticker.

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Can we get one already? Imagine all the conversations you could strike up at a Starbucks by just sticking this on your laptop? We all are Crying Jordan at one point in our lives! Long live the king! And the meme almost became a feature in an Air Jordan shoe, as Marcus Jordan, Michael’s son, told NBC: “think the one thing most people didn’t know was that it was [almost] used in a recent shoe release, but didn’t make the final cut. The Jordan Brand shoes that just came out, the No L’s, the first sample featured the Crying Jordan face in the sock liner on the inside of the shoe. Obviously, it didn’t get approved. But the first sample definitely does have the Crying meme on the sock liner.” Wow, if that model ever becomes a reality it will surely be a bestseller.

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Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is accused of breaking immigration laws in Paraguay. The 2002 World Cup player was detained by authorities with his brother in Paraguay after they were found to be traveling with fake travel documents. However, authorities claim there is more to the story.

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is being accused of entering Paraguay with false travel documents.

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According to reports, Ronaldinho was arrested when he entered Paraguay with his brother. Ronaldinho and his brother are both accused of entering Paraguay with forged passports breaking Paraguayan law. The two Brazilians spent time in a maximum-security prison because of their non-compliance with Paraguay’s immigration laws.

One of Ronaldinho’s attorneys is trying to explain away the crime by claiming the soccer player was just “stupid.”

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Paraguayan judge Clara Ruiz ordered that the brother be put taken into custody because there was evidence that other crimes occurred separately from the fake passports. According to Daily Mail, the judge ordered for the brothers to remain in custody because of their crimes against Paraguay.

“There is a flight risk and there is a danger of obstruction. We are dealing with a foreigner who entered the country illegally and who remained in the country illegally,” judge Ruiz said, according to Daily Mail. “The prosecution considered he meets all the requirements. He will remain in preventative prison in the Specialised Unit.’

Ronaldinho’s attorneys insist that the brothers just don’t know what a real passport looks like.

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Another attorney for the brothers claimed the arrests are arbitrary, illegal, and abusive. The attorney even went a step further saying that the investigation into the crime, which could take six months, be dropped.

“They confessed that they used these false passports,” Sergio Queiroz, one of the attorneys representing the brothers told the press. “But there was no harm done to the Paraguayan state. Roberto and Ronaldinho did not know that the passports were irregular. And they cooperated fully with authorities.”

Ronaldinho, who hasn’t said much about his arrest, did tell his attorneys that the passports were given to him.

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According to Ronaldinho, the passports were given to him by someone asking them to travel to Paraguay for charity work. He was allegedly told that he was being asked to come to Paraguay to attend a conference organized by charities that work with disadvantaged children.

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Opens Up About Netflix’s Speculation Over The Football Player’s Sexuality

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Opens Up About Netflix’s Speculation Over The Football Player’s Sexuality

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“Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez” is a new Netflix docu-series that explores the life of late football player Aaron Hernandez. The docu-series has sparked a lot of controversy over how the director explored Hernandez’s sexuality. Now, his family members are finally speaking out.

Aaron Hernandez’s brother spoke with Dr. Oz about the documentary highlighting his brother’s brain injuries.

Jonathan Hernandez was asked to help with the Netflix docu-series but turned down the offer because he didn’t feel right about it. However, he does think some part of the docu-series are important.

“I think there’s so much tragedy within this and things that can be gained for other people’s benefit that the dollar amount was the least significant thing,” Jonathan told Dr. Oz. “It’s more so what was at hand and what can we collectively do so someone who is growing up isn’t in this situation in the near future or down the road.”

Aaron’s fiancée also opened up about the docu-series and the tragedy surrounding Aaron.

Shayanna Jenkins also confirms that Netflix approached her for the docu-series and offered her compensation but she didn’t want to participate. Instead, she wanted to keep moving forward with her life.

“If he did feel that way or if he felt the urge, I wish that I — I was told,” Jenkins told ABC. “And I wish that he — you know, he would’ve told me ’cause I wouldn’t — I would not have loved him any differently. I would have understood. It’s not shameful and I don’t think anybody should be ashamed of who they are inside, regardless of who they love. I think it’s a beautiful thing, I just wish I was able to tell him that.”

Fans of Aaron are upset with the docu-series and how they handled themselves in the making of the show.

A lot of the show talks about Aaron’s perceived sexuality and how it factored into his crimes. The docu-series has been criticized for bringing up a very sensitive subject when Aaron is not around to defend himself.

The obsession with his sexuality is really upsetting people.

There is nothing wrong with someone’s sexuality. However, to attach a sexuality to a person who is dead is a low blow.

Out of all the noise surrounding Aaron, one person is being praised for their resilience.

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What do you think about the docu-series about Aaron Hernandez and his life?

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