Book: Michael Jordan lost $1.2 gambling on golf

LOS ANGELES -- A published report said Thursday that an upcoming book by a San Diego businessman claims NBA superstar Michael Jordan owed the author more than $1.2 million in gambling losses on their golf matches.

The Los Angeles Times said according to Richard Esquinas's book, 'Michael & Me: Our Gambling Addiction... My Cry For Help!' Jordan negotiated with Esquinas to reduce the $1.252 million debt to $300,000.


Equinas, 38, is the former general manager of the San Diego Sports Arena and owns the company that published the book.

In the book, Esquinas claims that he and Jordan wagered hundreds of thousands of dollars on more than 110 rounds of golf over four years.

According to Esquinas, Jordan lost $1.252 million to him during a Sept. 20, 1991, match at Aviara Golf Course in San Diego County. The Chicago Bulls' guard was named to the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team the same week.

Questions have been raised before about Jordan's golf gambling. Last October, Jordan was subpoenaed to appear in the drug and money- laundering trial of James 'Slim' Bouler. Jordan testified in Charlotte, N.C., that he wrote a check for $57,000 to Bouler to pay off debts for golf, poker and other gambling.


Jordan's gambling came under scrutiny last week because he went to an Atlantic City, N.J., casino the night before a playoff game against the New York Knicks. He has since refused to speak to newsmen.

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