[TMZ] - It was February 27, 1984 and Jordan -- in the mood to play pool -- went to the basement of the Granville Towers on UNC's campus ... and proceeded to dominate on the table.
The guys were betting money ... and MJ was up $25.
A friend of the guy Jordan was beating thought Michael was hustling his buddy, so he stepped in to play MJ ... and win back some of the money he'd lost.
MJ lost a few games in a row -- which the consignor says irritated Jordan -- so he decided to cash out and take the 5 bucks he was owed. The friend -- realizing Jordan was likely going to be an NBA superstar -- asked Michael if he could pay him with a personal check.
Michael accepted ...and the UNC student wrote the check to "Mike Jordan" -- the name basketball phenom went by on campus.
First things first - how pissed was Jordan that he was forced to only bet $5. You know, even at UNC, MJ was hoping to bet $500 on a game of billiards. No doubt about it. That man was pissed to have to write a check for $5 just so someone can eventually cash it in.
The least shocking thing is Jordan getting pissed when he lost. I can't get enough of gambling Jordan stories like this. I might be the only person in our 30s that hated MJ, simply because he destroyed my heart and my beloved Knicks. I was sick of seeing him ruin my life. I couldn't fully enjoy MJ because of that, but now that I'm older and the Knicks are ruining my life, I can 100% enjoy these gambling stories.
I need to know more about the guy who kept this check for 35 years. How do you not lose that? Where did he keep it? These are the important questions that I need answered. Feel like a check is the easiest thing to lose, especially when it starts in college. Think about all the times you move. Think about all the times you just lose something bigger. It's nearly impossible to keep a check for 35 years.
I can't wait to see how much this goes for. Someone is going to pay a shit ton of money for really what is just a Jordan signature.