Everybody's talking about Michael Jordan's 'The Last Dance' documentary, which premiered yesterday night with the first two of ten episodes.
However, while everybody thought the documentary was going to be entirely focused on The Black Cat, it was Scottie Pippen who stole most of the headlines today.
Thing is, most people knew Pippen was underpaid back in the day, but nobody knew exactly how disrespectful his contract with the Chicago Bulls back in the day. Hell, in the words of Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, he should've never signed that kind of deal.
Pippen came from a low-income big family, his father had a stroke and one of his brothers was also in a wheelchair, so he was a victim of the circumstances. That's why he signed a 7-year 18-million contract with the Bulls. Had he chosen to sign a short-term deal, he could've earned 9 or 10 times more money in the league.
That's why Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks made the most of the opportunity to troll one of the league's greatest players, asking someone to please open up a GoFundMe campaign for the Hall of Famer.
Pippen earned a 2.27 million a year salary with the Chicago Bulls, which made him 122nd in the list of the highest-paid players in the league. All that despite him being the second-best player on the greatest team the league had ever seen. To put this in context, Andre Roberson is today's 122nd highest-paid player at 10.7 million.
Short before he signed that deal, the league's global success brought back a lot of revenues, which means everybody's salary was going up, while he was still vastly underpaid.
Bulls' GM Jerry Krause refused to restructure Pippen's deal and that eventually led to a strong and harsh resentment towards him and the team's management. Scottie deserved better and everybody around him knew it. Sadly, with no salary cap, these things were more usual than people think.
Pippen would end up making $109,192,430 per his career thanks to his stints with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, which is more than Michael Jordan's $93,285,000 on-court earnings, so he doesn't exactly need the GoFundMe, but still, he was blatantly disrespected by the Bulls.