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Michael Jordan has decided to open up about ESPN’s highly anticipated 10-part documentary, The Last Dance, which chronicles the notorious career of the basketball icon and the 1990s Chicago Bulls. Known for being one of the fiercest competitors in the history of sports, Jordan had a tendency to push his teammates quite possibly a little too much.

“When people see this footage I’m not sure they’re going to be able to understand why I was so intense, why I did the things I did, why I acted the way I acted, and why I said the things I said,” Jordan stated, according to an interview between The Last Dance director Jason Hehir and The Athletic.

“When you see the footage of [me riding with Scott Burrell], you’re going to think that I’m a horrible guy,” he added. “But you have to realize that the reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs and we’re facing the Indiana’s and Miami’s and New York’s in the Eastern Conference. He needed to be tough and I needed to know that I could count on him. And those are the kind of things where people see me acting the way I acted in practice, they’re not going to understand it.”

MJ went on to speak about how some will perceive him as being a tyrant due to the way he approached the game and those around him. You can learn more by following on over to The Athletic.

In just under three weeks, fans will be able to follow Jordan’s journey with the Chicago Bulls, and learn how they forged one of the most successful dynasties in sports history. A welcomed distraction while there are currently no live sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Last Dance is scheduled to release on April 19. You can check out the trailer below.

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Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.