These days, Michael Jordan is married to Yvette Prieto, a model who is quite a bit younger than the sports legend, making their relationship one with an uncomfortable age gap. However, Prieto isn’t Jordan’s first wife. The basketball star was once married to Juanita Vanoy (who went by Juanita Jordan during their marriage) for 17 years.
In a 1992 interview, Juanita revealed that contrary to sensational tabloid stories at the time that claimed she was “a groupie” or that she “fell in front of [Michael’s] car” in order to meet him, she was actually introduced to Michael by a “mutual friend.” It was as simple as Juanita going to a basketball game with some friends who happened to know Michael,
and they all went to dinner after the game. She and Michael hit it off, and the rest, as they say, was history. This all happened in 1985, and the pair dated until 1989, eventually tying the knot in a casual Las Vegas wedding (“The bride and groom wore jeans,” noted The Washington Post).
While Michael is obviously known as a dominating figure on the court, “anyone who knows Juanita Jordan will tell you that she has never been intimidated by Michael Jordan, never blinded by the basketball legend’s money and fame — and that she always knew where she stood in the game,” according to The Washington Post. Clearly, there’s a lot more to the sports star’s ex-wife than you likely ever knew.