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Flashback #11: Death Of James Jordan (1993)

Michael Jordan celebrates winning the NBA Championship with his father after Game Six of the 1993 NBA Finals. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan celebrates winning the NBA Championship with his father after Game Six of the 1993 NBA Finals. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

July 23, 1993 – Death of James Jordan

Michael Jordan was at the top of his game following the 1993 season.

Jordan had just won his third NBA title to go along with his third NBA Finals MVP award. A little over one month after the Bulls won their third-straight title, the unthinkable happened — Jordan’s father, James Jordan, was murder at a rest stop in North Carolina. It was just eight days before his 57th birthday.

James was traveling home down Interstate 95 when pulled into a rest stop to take a nap. There, he was approached by Daniel Green and Martin Demery, who robbed James — stealing two championship rings given to James by his son — and shot him multiple times. His body was found on Aug. 3 in a Bennettsville, South Carolina swamp, and was not positively identified until Aug. 13.

Green and Demery made several calls from James’ cell phone, and as a result, were quickly captured. The two men were sentenced to life in prison.

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »