Michael Jordan didn't travel the easiest of roads en route to becoming a college basketball star and an NBA legend.
And certain obstacles put a chip on his shoulder that, while it long since seems to have vanished, helped shape the athlete's drive and competitive spirit moving forward, according to Michael Jordan: The Life, a new biography about the six-time NBA champion by sportswriter Roland Lazenby that hit shelves today.
Per an excerpt from the book, Jordan told Lazenby that he was suspended from school in 1977 after throwing a soda at a girl who called him the N-word.
"So I threw a soda at her," Jordan's quoted as saying. "I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people."