although The Last Dance is putting Jordan’s eyes on show to a large audience, Express points out that “Jordan’s eyes have looked yellow for the better part of the past two decades.” In other words, this is nothing new—which may be even more concerning.
Two potential conditions flagged by Dr. Plua that can cause yellow eyes like Jordan’s are jaundice and pinguecula (the latter is defined by VICE as a benign growth).
Given the length of time that Jordan’s eyes have looked this way, jaundice has often been cited by fans (who are not, it should be noted, medical professionals) as the likeliest reason behind the yellow hue of Jordan’s eyes.
paris, france june 12 nba legend michael jordan attends a press conference for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the air jordan basketball shoe during the palais 23street basketball tournament at palais de tokyo on june 12, 2015 in paris, france photo by pierre suugetty images
Jordan in 2015.
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Michael Jordan during the press conference launching the Paris stop of his Jordan Europe tour 2006 photo by stephane reixfor picturecorbis via Getty images
Jordan in 2006.
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