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Michael Jordan has certainly been at the center of some controversial takes.

For example, there’s the rumor that he left the NBA to play baseball when, supposedly, his gambling issues forced then-NBA commissioner David Stern to kick him out of the league. Allegedly.

The GOAT’s misdeeds resurfaced after Scottie Pippen’s Unguarded memoir hit the stands (in which he crushed Jordan repeatedly).

Fellow University of North Carolina basketball alum Rashad McCants became the next to toss gasoline on the fire, calling MJ the “biggest fraud in the history of sports” while defending Pippen.

Scottie Pippen’s ‘Unguarded’ discussed his relationship with Michael Jordan

Scottie Pippen’s memoir didn’t paint his former teammate in a positive light. He seemed to take specific issue with The Last Dance docuseries — more than once.

Via the New York Times, Pippen wrote that the doc “glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates.” The Hall of Famer claimed that MJ made $10 million from the ESPN documentary “while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime.”

For him, it was a reminder of how His Airness treated the rest of the Bulls’ squad.

“Seeing again how poorly Michael treated his teammates, I cringed, as I did back then,” Pippen wrote.

A fellow North Carolina Tar Heel — and a vital member of a UNC national championship team, as Jordan was in 1982 — got a whiff of how the Central Arkansas product felt and decided to go in on Jordan as well despite being a part of the same collegiate family.

Rashad McCants called Michael Jordan ‘the biggest fraud in the history of sports’

Rashad McCants was one of the best players on North Carolina’s 2005 national championship-winning team. He averaged 17.6 points and shot 41.5% from three-point territory during his three seasons in Chapel Hill, serving as the team’s best perimeter scorer.

The 6-foot-4 2-guard was the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite his isolation skills and perimeter scoring ability, the New Hampshire native disappointed and only lasted four seasons in the NBA.

In November 2021, the ex-Tar Heel joined Jason Whitlock on Fearless and bluntly expressed his significant disappointment with MJ:

“The man is the biggest fraud in the history of sports.

“So everything that Scottie’s showing the world right now … Really Michael Jordan? Really Michael Jordan? You threw your teammates under the bus and saved yourself. That was the first red flag. So then, as everything else unfolds, Scottie Pippen’s sitting there like, ‘Wow, really this is all about you, the six championships, you did it and we helped you? We didn’t do it as a team?’”

Rashad McCants on Michael Jordan

Jordan may be the GOAT, but a number of other players helped him earn his six rings

Scottie Pippen is in the Hall of Fame, as is Dennis Rodman. Those two completed the Chicago Bulls’ Big Three during the team’s second title run.

Jordan also wouldn’t have completed his first three-peat without John Paxson draining the championship-winning three-pointer in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals.

Pippen was the most influential Bull outside of Jordan for all six of Chicago’s championships. So when the lockdown perimeter defender wrote in Unguarded that “Michael and I aren’t close and never have been,” it shocked those unfamiliar with that dynasty’s dynamic.

Seemingly, Pip finally had enough after watching The Last Dance and decided to unleash on Jordan and other members of the Bulls — head coach Phil Jackson included.

McCants apparently felt similarly. Despite being in the same family (but not in the same league, so to speak) of North Carolina championship alums, he spoke out forcefully on the most famous basketball player of all time, deeming him the “biggest fraud” ever to play.