Michael Jordan Marries Former Model Yvette Prieto
NBA legend and underwear pitchman Michael Jordan took Miami Cuban-American former model Yvette Prieto to be his second lawful and wedded wife Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach.
Jordan, 50, and Prieto, 35, were married before about 500 guests at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, a massive Gothic revival building in the heart of the ritzy island.
Among the dozens of relatives, friends and business associates of Jordan’s were other aging basketball stars, including former New York Knicks big man Patrick Ewing and former Chicago Bulls Scottie Pippen, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc as well as NBA TV announcer Ahmad Rashad.
The black tuxedo-clad Jordan, currently the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcat, waved at fans behind a barricade when his motorcade pulled up about 4 p.m. He gave a “thumb up” from inside a black Escalade as two dozen bystanders kept at bay by heavy security and off duty local cops congratulated him.
Prieto, meanwhile, was ushered into the church by seven men who held white umbrellas to shield her from paparazzi.
She wore an ivory dress with a six-foot train while eight maids of honor wore gray.
The hoopla around Jordan’s big day reminded locals of Donald Trump’s wedding to European model Melania Knauss at the same church in 2005.
After the ceremony Saturday, Jordan was scheduled to head north of his $20 million-plus, 37,000-square-foot home in Jupiter’s Bears Club, a gated community built around a golf course designed by PGA legend Jack Nicklaus.
The banquet is taking place in his backyard with 2,000 of his closest friends — and Usher.