Jasmine Jordan, daughter of NBA legend Michael Jordan, addressed gossip of her sexual orientation through social media; the twenty-year-old college junior posted a picture on Instagram of her and her alleged girlfriend.
The picture had the caption of “This Little Closet is Holding Me Back.”
Jasmine’s alleged girlfriend is Carmen Tyson-Thomas, a former Syracuse Orange basketball player.
“Until love, trust, honesty, respect, loyalty, commitment, genuine happiness and other characteristics or aspects I want in a relationship is defined by one gender then and only then will I discuss my sexual preference,” Jasmine previously wrote; she has refused to label herself.
Rumors have been spreading for the past few weeks. On August 19, Jordan posted a photo of her new tattoo that says “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
With basketball running in her family, Jasmine majors in sports management at Syracuse University and has two brothers who are basketball players: Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James.
“I have no problem with people knowing me as Michael Jordan’s Daughter,” she said in an interview with the Boss Up. “The issue comes when people make assumptions on who I am because I am his daughter. People assume I play basketball or wear Jordan’s everyday and neither of those is true. I do not play basketball but I know the game. I don’t wear Jordan’s everyday because I like to switch it up. I always say I’m a pretty open book. You want to know what it is like being Michael Jordan’s daughter just ask me instead of making assumptions and drawing incorrect conclusions about me.”
Another NBA legend’s child has dealt with gay rumors this year. Earvin “EJ” Johnson, the son of Magic Johnson, came out after being photographed with his boyfriend on the Sunset Strip.
“When it was time to come out, I was, obviously, scared as most people are,” said EJ, in an interview on Howard Bragman’s YouTube talk show “Gwissues.” “After I got all the love and support from my family then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess.”