Michael Jordan's Son Recalls Competitive Family Game of Tackle Football That Ended in Stitches
"Jeff was going for a touchdown — and I'll never forget it — my dad tackled Jeff into the glass table," Marcus Jordan said on The Breakfast Club
When you're playing with Michael Jordan, you better bring your A-game.
The NBA great's sons Marcus, 29, and Jeffrey, 31, recently shared the story of how a game of tackle football with their dad accidentally landed Jeffrey in the hospital.
Speaking on the Breakfast Club radio show on Wednesday with their sister Jasmine, 27, the two brothers spoke about how their father's competitiveness on the court affected his parenting style.
While Jeffrey said that the athlete was able to turn the competitiveness "off" at times, Marcus told a story that illustrated just how competitive Michael could be.
"When we was little, we would play football on our knees, like tackle football on our knees with my dad, right?" Marcus said. "And so there was this one time where we were playing in their room and they had these round like end tables at the end of their bed. And so Jeff was going for a touchdown — and I'll never forget it — my dad tackled Jeff into the glass table."
Jeffrey crashed head-first into the table, resulting in a gnarly injury that required "about 30 stitches to the head," he said.
"I thought he was dead," Marcus said of his older brother. "I mean, you could literally see the meat and skull. Me and Jasmine were terrified, we were crying."
As the siblings laughed remembering the incident, Marcus added, "Obviously, it was an accident."
Jeffrey added in the conversation that Michael "was still competitive," but that it was a misconception that "he couldn't turn that off."
"He definitely could turn that off and be dad. Take us to school, you know, make sure we got our work done and everything we needed to do," he explained. "But when it was on, it was on. It was competition."
A rep for Michael did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Before the premiere of The Last Dance, Michael said that the 10-part series will show a side of him that some might find too intense.
“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,” he previously said in an interview with The Athletic.
PEOPLE previously reported that Michael plans to donate the proceeds from docuseries, which takes a deep dive into the 1997-1998 Bulls, to charity.
"Michael has already committed to donating to Friends of the Children, a national non-profit that provides vulnerable children, ages 4-6, with professional mentors who stay with them from kindergarten through graduation, and we are vetting additional Coronavirus-related causes," a rep for the basketball star previously told PEOPLE.