Intro to Crying Jordan Memes

The Michael Jordan crying  meme turned MJ’s vulnerability into a unfortunate iconic moment for the GOAT.

The Crying Jordan makes it perfect to express anything from sports defeats to everyday blunders. In a complex world, the meme’s laughter-inducing power unites us, reminding us that even heroes have their downtrodden days.

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Quick history of the Crying Jordan Meme

The “Crying Jordan” meme’s history traces back to the 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Michael Jordan, the legendary basketball player, gave an emotional speech. During his speech, he shed tears as he reminisced about his journey and the people who had supported him along the way. A photographer captured an image of Jordan with tears streaming down his face, which became the source of the iconic meme.

The Crying Jordan meme gained significant traction in the following years, around 2012-2013, when it started to appear on various online platforms. Its emotional resonance and the universal recognition of Michael Jordan as an athletic icon contributed to its widespread appeal.

The image’s relatability was key—it encapsulated a moment of vulnerability from a figure often associated with invincibility.

The meme’s versatility played a crucial role in its popularity. Internet users began superimposing the crying face onto images of athletes, celebrities, politicians, and even everyday people during moments of disappointment, failure, or frustration. The meme’s simple yet impactful nature allowed for easy adaptation to countless scenarios, making it a meme for all seasons.

As social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit continued to grow, the meme’s visibility skyrocketed. Its presence in mainstream media and pop culture further solidified its status as a go-to reaction image, turning it into an enduring symbol of online humor and camaraderie.

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Crying Jordan Memes

Here are the best of the best memes all in one spot. Browse, laugh, and share quickly using the share button on each meme!

There’s no crying Jordan in Church

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Crying Jordan meme First Baptist Church

Crying Jordan Haircut

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Crying Jordan meme boy haircut


Another pair of Jordans? YES, please.

Well, when you put it that way, I may have second thoughts. Be sure to check out our hilarious fake Jordans memes.

Crying Jordan meme buying shoes

A team of Crying Jordans

Steve Kerr keeping it together these days.

Crying Jordan meme 95-96 Bulls
Via NBAMemes

Nothing is better than a Craig Sagar interview

Oh, wait.

Crying Jordan meme Craig Sagar

Kids these days won’t under the non-crying Jordan

It’s sad, really.

Crying Jordan meme Then and Now
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Steph Curry pounding the Crying Jordan drum

The only way he’ll be able to take out MJ, I guess. #goat

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Crying Jordan meme Curry beating drum

LeBron nurtures Crying Jordan

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Crying Jordan meme Lebron hugging MJ


Crying Jordan Baby Curry

I think he behaved pretty well. See all our Steph Curry memes.

Crying Jordan meme Baby Curry press conference

MMA Crying Jordan

I mean, who wouldn’t cry after this?

Crying Jordan meme UFC MMA


Crying Jordan Statue in Chicago

Head is a bit big, but it works.

Crying Jordan meme Statue

Darth Maul Crying Jordan

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Crying Jordan meme Star Wars


Mount Rushmore of Crying Jordan

No Lebron or Magic? People gonna have issues.

Crying Jordan meme Mount Rushmore

Crying Jordan Thriller Album Cover

The GOAT of music album covers?

Crying Jordan meme Thriller Album cover


The best Crying Jordan meme of the night

Jordan just trying to represent North Carolina and someone had to do this. Too bad this shirt doesn’t exist, it would have certainly made our listing of the most funny basketball shirts!

Crying Jordan meme North Carolina blue shirt

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