Who is Michael Jordan’s First Wife, Juanita Vanoy?

Juanita Vanoy with jordan

Michael Jordan is an American professional basketball player and now he is the chairman and owner of Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association.

On April 19, 2020, a series called The Last Dance aired on Netflix which is a documentary of Michael Jordan and it shows about Chicago Bulls’ final championship season in 1997-98. People went crazy after the announcement of the series, but there are still a few things the documentary does not cover like his first wife Juanita Vanoy. 

The director of the series Jason Hehir said “I didn’t care about the wives or kids’ opinions in this. We had the storytellers we wanted, and I felt like we had the story covered from every angle”

Since the series is focused on the final championship of the Chicago Bulls’ in 1997 and 1998. We don’t get to see about his kids or Juanita, so let’s find out about his first wife Juanita Vanoy in this article. If you are curious and want to know about her then you are at the right place as we will be talking and uncovering all the details we have on Michael Jordan’s first wife Juanita Vanoy.

About Juanita Vanoy

Juanita Vanoy was born on 13th June 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She was born to John Vanoy and Dorothy L. Vanoy and was raised in Chicago. Surprisingly, she has five siblings whose names are Gwendolyn Hicks, Jacqueline Rogers, Rhonda Armstrong, Bernetta B. Vanoy, and Margaret Vanoy.

She belongs to the Cuban-American ethnicity. Janita is well educated as she has completed her high school at Christian Fencer High School. She has also graduated from American University. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. However, not much is known about her family background and early life.

Her appearance and body measurements

It is revealed that her height is 5 feet 6 inches (167 cm) and she weighs about 55 kg (121 lbs). Her body measurements are 34-26-28 inches. She wears a shoe-sized 5 US and her bra cup size is 33 C.

She used to have a great figure and was beautiful. But she hasn’t made any public appearance for a very long time. And she has grown old as she is already 62 years old.

Talking about her appearance, she has a pair of dark brown eyes and black hair. She has a fair skin tone and tries her best to stay fit by practicing Bikram yoga.

How Did Michael and Juanita Met?

According to an interview which was taken in 1992 Juanita said that the two of them met through a mutual friend. Their friends thought that they would be perfect for each other and so they decided to introduce each other. Juanita was a loan officer at that time and she was looking to get an associate’s degree, says The Washing Post, they met each other in Bennigans restaurant in Chicago after a Bulls game in 1985.

According to various sources, Michael proposed to her on New Year’s Eve in 1987 at a fancy Chicago restaurant, and then their love story started. Soon after that, they decided to get married in November of 1989, in Las Vegas.

But there was a problem before they married. Juanita had a son Jeffery Jordan but Michael thought that Jeffery is not his son. But after talking through it for months they finally got married, Michael even said to The Washington Post that he was happy to get married and it was a big move he also added that marriage helped him get more mature.

Juanita Vanoy’s children are doing well

A year after their marriage in 1990 they welcomed their second child Marcus Jordan and two years after Marcus was born they again welcomed their third child and named her Jasmine M. Jordan. Both of Michael’s sons Jeffery and Marcus used to play basketball when they were in high school and college but they didn’t pursue or choose basketball for their career like their father.

Michael’s oldest son Jeffery is now in charge of the digital revolution of the Jordan Brand. On the other hand, his brother Marcus is the owner and the founder of Trophy Room, a boutique store, and Jasmine is now executive of Jordan Brand at Nike but before that, she was a basketball operation coordinator.

Juanita wanted her children to have their own identities. About which she talked with Crain’s Chicago Business.

She said: “In their childhood, most coaches expected them to wear No. 23, but I insisted that they not do so. I considered it important. Their skills would be the product of their hard work, so I wanted to ensure their skills were what they made them.”

The problem before her marriage

Vanoy and Jordan’s relationship began to crack from the beginning of their marriage life because before getting married they were parents of Jeffrey Jordan but Michael Jordan never believed that this is his son.

Vanoy’s lawyer Michael Minton had met with her in July 1988 to represent her in the court. Later while talking to the media the attorney said, “She told me she was pregnant, unwed, and that the father of the child was Michael Jordan”. He also said that she felt that she get any proper care or love from Jordan without the retention of a legal representative.

But later Michael Jordan accepted the relationship. They also decided to walk down the aisle in 1989. Their son Jeffrey had also witnessed their wedding ceremony. Talking with news at that time Michael said that he was very happy to become a father and he also said that it will help him get mature.

michael jordan and juanita vanoy with kids

Vanoy and Jordan have three kids together

This couple shares three kids.  Their second son is Marcus who was born in 1990, and their daughter Jasmine was born in 1992. The two are very well at playing basketball and they love it. But they never pursue their career in NBA.

By now Jordan’s eldest son Jeffrey is the manager of Jordan Brand, while his brother is the owner of Trophy Room. And Jasmine is working as a Jordan executive member at Nike. So, their children’s names are Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine.

End of Their Relationship

In 2002, Juanita filed for divorce after being in a married relationship for more than a decade. but the couple talked about it and restored their relationship and she withdrew her file after a month.

But unfortunately, the two seemed to have some problems and they decided to get separated after some years. In 200, the couple announced that they are separating. And this is how their 17 years of married life came to an end.

According to various sources, Juanita received $168 million divorce settlement money which is considered one of the largest amounts as per Chicago Business. Even though their divorce shocked everybody including their friends and family, they are still in touch and are close friends. It was also reported that the first person she called when her stereo was not working, was Michael and he came for her.

Why wasn’t she shown in “The Last Dance”?

Yeah, we all think that documentary would cover all of the person’s story. We are talking about series here so it’s natural for us to think that the series should have shown his personal life more as well. But the producer of “The Last Dance” Mike Tollin said that they never planned to show his personal life.

In an interview with an ESPN he said: “In the end, I think we covered all categories. From the beginning, we asked ourselves, ‘Is this a workplace drama or a domestic drama?’ Both [director] Jason [Hehir] and I felt that the wives and children of the main characters weren’t particularly interesting.”

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