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Last year, Michael Jordan’s oldest son, Jeff Jordan, decided he no longer wanted to play basketball for the Illinois Illini. This made sense at the time: Jordan’s entire life had revolved around basketball, and it’s clear he wasn’t going to obtain (and certainly didn’t need) a professional basketball career. So he decided to stop playing hoops and focus on school. Then, this fall, Jordan changed his mind. He decided to rejoin the Illini, a surprise decision that took Bruce Weber and company a few days to mull over. Jordan is now back on the team.

In the interim, Jordan played in a three-on-three tournament, a non-NCAA-sanctioned event. For this, he will be suspended two games. Fun!

Here’s why this doesn’t matter: Jordan wasn’t technically breaking a rule, since he wasn’t playing hoops at the time. The punishment is retroactive, no different than John Wall’s, which punished Wall for his connection with Brian Clifton before his enrollment at Kentucky. But Jordan wasn’t taking money from an AAU coach, or something; he was playing in recreational off-time tourney. There is no moral outrage or skeeviness to dredge up here.

Here’s another reason why it doesn’t matter: Jordan isn’t exactly a major Illini contributor, and even if he was, the games he’ll miss — Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Northern Illinois — aren’t exactly barnburners for an improved Illinois team.

In other words, much as with John Wall, reading the words “two-game suspension” always raises the red flags. And much as with John Wall, there’s nothing to see here. Off we go.

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