Photo: Michael Jordan Engaged to Cuban-American Model Yvette Prieto
Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived, Michael Jordan may be ending his days as the other kind of player now that he’s reportedly engaged to Cuban-American beauty Yvette Prieto.
Air Jordan’s bride-to-be studied business and worked for her father’s company before beginning her modeling career. She has modeled in commercials and for swimsuit calendars.
Prieto, 33, has been with Jordan for three years, but prior to that she had been seen on the arm of Julio Iglesias Jr.
It is likely Jordan will ask Prieto to sign a prenuptial agreement after his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy walked away with $168 million following their divorce.
This will be MJ’s second marriage. His 17-year marriage to Juanita ended in 2006 with the former “Mrs. Airness” citing irreconcilable differences. They have three children together.
Prieto and Jordan reportedly became engaged over the Christmas weekend. No wedding date has been set.
After his very successful basketball career with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan left basketball in 1993. He would sign a contract to play baseball with the White Sox minor league team. His number 23 Bulls jersey was retired in a moving ceremony. However, in 1995, Jordan announced his return with a two-word press release: I’m back. He would bring the Bulls another three championship rings before announcing his retirement once more in 1999.
He would return to the NBA as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. Despite his claim in 1999 that he would never play in the NBA again, Air Jordan returned to the court on September 25, 2001 with the Wizards. He said he was moved to play again and donate his salary to the relief effort for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. After just 60 games he retired for good after torn cartilage in his right knee ended his season.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
He is now the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.