Mark Henry had a tense exchange with Michael Jordan back in 1996. On a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, the WWE Hall of Famer recounted meeting Jordan for the first time.
“Going to the Olympics in 1996, I was friends with Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson,” Henry said. “I knew guys on the team personally, so I went to the hotel with Charles and while we’re in the lobby, Michael walks up. It’s not, ‘Hey guys, how are you doing?’ … It was, ‘Who are you?’ I said, ‘Who the f— are you?’ That was the introduction and Charles was like, ‘Whoa!’
“It was the principality [of the matter]. You don’t walk up on Mark Henry and act like I’m some kind of peon. I was somebody in this world and maybe I didn’t make the money you made, maybe people don’t know my name, and I don’t sell a billion in shoes, but I’m Mark Henry. If I want to snuff your lights out, I could do it.”
Henry says that Barkley smoothed it over and the two were fine after that. Jordan even invited him to the All Star game and even his own birthday party. Henry hasn’t talked to him since then.
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) April 18, 2020