I played alongside Jordan. I’ve seen the pressure on athletes like Naomi Osaka

A sporting career at the highest level can bring wealth, fame and adoration. It does not cushion you against the pain of being human

When I saw the news of Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open I thought of two people: my former teammate Michael Jordan and my 13-year-old daughter, Imani.

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