The ever-popular "crying Jordan" meme has been absolutely everywhere in recent months — plastered on the bodies of athletes, entertainers and even politicians who have found themselves in a moment of defeat. And as virtually everyone has seen the hilarious image due to it going viral, the man responsible for the photograph may be one of the last to stumble across it.
Sixty-two-year-old Associated Press photographer Stephan Savoia was notified of the "crying Jordan" meme this past week as he was checking his emails. Savoia was completely unaware that the photo he took during Michael Jordan's induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 had gone viral in the form of a meme.
“I just did some Google searches after I read your email and have not been able to stop laughing,” Stephan disclosed after seeing the meme for the first time. He then went on to reveal that his favorite version is the face being pasted on Tom Brady as he is sitting on the field dejected.
Savoia has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years and has even won two Pulitzer prizes for his work, but the "crying Jordan" meme may go down as his greatest accomplishment.