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Judge off Jordan case, denies calling him 'hog'

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge in Chicago withdrew from a civil case involving Michael Jordan after lawyers for the former Chicago Bulls star lawyers accused the jurist of comparing Jordan to a "hog" and "Dr. Frankenstein," though the judge denies the descriptions were aimed directly at the former NBA player.

The legal fracas arose in a 4-year-old civil case in which Jordan star sued Dominick's Finer Foods LLC after the grocery store chain invoked his name and persona without permission in a 2009 Sports Illustrated advertisement.

Jordan's lawyers this week succeeded in getting Judge Milton I. Shadur to remove himself from the case after they alleged he described the six-time NBA champion as "greedy," comparing him to a "hog" and to "Dr. Frankenstein."

In the ad, Dominick's congratulated Jordan on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame and offered a $2-off steak coupon. The court already found Dominick's liable, and the lingering dispute is over damages. Jordan, 50, is seeking $2.5 million.

Shadur, a recent Jordan filing argued, also showed bias in slapping down the star's assertion that his actual damages may run to $10 million. At one hearing, Shadur said in an allusion to the stock market, "The bulls may make money and the bears may make money, but the hogs get slaughtered."

In reluctantly removing himself, the 89-year-old judge issued a defiant, scathing attack on Jordan's legal team for "launching a groundless and unwarranted personal attack on this Court's integrity."

"That out-of-bounds ($10 million) claim is what has occasioned this Court's characterization ... in terms of greed, a characterization that is not altered by the response that billionaire Jordan plans to turn over any recovery to his not-for-profit foundation," he wrote.

At earlier hearings, Shadur also denied calling Jordan a "hog" or "Dr. Frankenstein." He employed those descriptions, he insisted, in reference to Jordan's damages claims - not to Jordan himself.

Technically, Shadur denied the defense motion that he recuse himself. But given the hub-hub created by Jordan's lawyers in arguing judicial bias, Shadur wrote in his ruling that he was exercising his prerogative as a senior judge to withdraw.

He was worried, he explained, that his consternation over the lawyers' accusations presents "a danger that subliminal forces could perhaps unwittingly affect the decisional process in this case."

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wrightotcm June 20 2014 at 7:08 PM

Hog, greedy ? oh yea this is the guy that exploits little ghetto kids into buying his over priced shoe line, since it is more important to have 200 dollars shoes then other life items that are needed. Hes a joke and has taken money from those that don't have it.

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flhx14 June 20 2014 at 6:59 PM

I think the Judge must be a pretty good Judge...seems like he called it!!

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Rich June 20 2014 at 7:01 PM

This old school judge actually got it right. Does Michael really need more millions that will ultimately have to be paid for by the rest of us through higher prices at the grocery store.

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rjen164497 June 20 2014 at 6:57 PM

It's the Black culture. Entitlements.

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floatgod June 20 2014 at 7:36 PM

If it walks like a duck...

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Dean Sutton floatgod June 21 2014 at 11:21 AM

If it walks like a duck...what does that really mean??? That the Judge is a biggot,... or Jordan???
Reading what little bit was shown here about the store ad, I would think of it as a compliment if I were Jordan.
But, his lawyers want some more attention (money) apparently! And, the "court" that found the store liable, Were they pure of any greed or biggotry????

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Dave June 20 2014 at 7:35 PM

Calling him a hog is a compliment.

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dmartincfo June 20 2014 at 7:03 PM

Jordan was always a ball hog.
Revisionists have cast him as so much more than he every was. If you ever watch how often he pushed off to not only gain a better position, but all too often, get a foul call and free throws as a result, it's insulting to give him all of this, in my opinion, underserved credit.
Magic was always a better player, and he changed the game from one
that concentrated on individual performance to one the emphasized sharing.

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jimkat5600 June 20 2014 at 6:57 PM

I'm sure judges see claims that make them angry......so he pulled himself from the case.....it's his opinion and he is entitled to it......sorry to all the people who don't like that-too bad.........

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gchip22 June 20 2014 at 7:07 PM

Mr Jordan is a billion year and money can talk for him but it is not worth it. I would say just walk away you already made it, enjoy.

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tieboe June 21 2014 at 7:04 AM

a think a cease and desist would have sufficed...but NOOOOOOO Mr. Jordon seeks millions in damages....he is a HOG..the judge nailed it...

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Giavini Lestat tieboe June 21 2014 at 8:55 AM

and you are a faggit who loves to ********* just for attension so ur no better ass hole

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