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VIDEO: Michael Jordan Cries as Obama Calls Him 'More Than a Meme'

Michael Jordan teared up during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and became a meme in the process, which is ironic as the moment happened while he was praised for being “more than just an internet meme!”

The former basketball player was one of 21 stars honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon (November 22) in Washington, D.C.

“He’s more than just an logo, more than just an internet meme,” Obama said in his speech. “He’s more than just a charitable donor or a business owner committed to diversity. There is a reason you call somebody ‘the Michael Jordan of’… and they know what you’re talking about, because Michael Jordan is the Michael Jordan of greatness. he is the definition of somebody so good at what they do, that everybody recognizes it. That’s pretty rare.”

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest individual honor that a U.S. civilian can receive!

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VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Tears Up During Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

After almost not being allowed inside the White House, Ellen DeGeneres had an emotional moment while being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

The talk show host was one of 21 stars who received the medal from President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the East Room on Tuesday (November 22) in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that a U.S. civilian can receive and Ellen teared up while being given her medal.

“In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor, and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated. At pivotal moments, her courage and candor helped change the minds and hearts of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all,” the announcer said while she stood on stage with Obama. “Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we ‘just keep swimming.’”

Other stars who received the medal included Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Redford, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, basketball players Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill and Melinda Gates, and more.

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Michael Jordan Breaks Silence on Recent Violence in America

Michael Jordan is speaking out for the first time about the recent violence in America.

The 53-year-old former basketball player announced that he is donating $2 million – half to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the other half to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well,” he said in the statement given to TheUndefeated.com.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported,” the statement continued. “Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.”

Read the full statement now on TheUndefeated.com.

Nick Jonas & Jesse Williams Make Golf Look Good at Michael Jordan's Celebrity Invitational 2014

Nick Jonas gets ready to tee off during the 2014 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational held at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Saturday (April 5) in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old singer was joined at the event by Grey’s Anatomy hottie Jesse Williams, as well as Aaron Rodgers, Ray Romano, Bruce Jenner, and of course, Michael Jordan.

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“First round of the Michael Jordan foundation golf tournament was awesome. Dream come true today to meet Michael. What a legend,” Nick tweeted.

The day before, Nick and Jesse wore similar shirts while attending the event’s annual gala held at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter.

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Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto Welcome Twin Girls Victoria & Ysabel!

Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto have welcomed two twin girls!

Michael and Yvette Jordan are thrilled to announce that their identical twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel, were born Sunday, February 9, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Yvette and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival,” the 50-year-old legendary basketball player’s rep shared to E! News

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Last November, Michael and Yvette announced that they were expecting after tying the knot earlier in the year.

Congrats to the happy couple on their new bundles of joy!

Basketball Legend Michael Jordan: Expecting Child with Wife Yvette Prieto!

Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto are expecting their first child together, according to Us Weekly.

Seven months ago, the 50-year-old basketball legend and the Cuban-American model tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Palm Beach, Fla.

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Michael is already a father to three children – Jeffrey Michael, 24, and Marcus James, 22, and daughter Jasmine, 19 – from his previous marriage to Juanita Venoy, who he split with in 2006 after 17 years of marriage.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Michael Jordan: Engaged to Yvette Prieto!

Michael Jordan is engaged to Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto!

The 48-year-old basketball legend (and Bobcats owner) got engaged to Yvette, 32, over the Christmas weekend after dating for three years.

This will be Michael‘s second marriage. He divorced Juanita Vanoy in 2006 after 16 years of marriage. (She reportedly walked away with $186 million.) They share three kids – daughter Jasmine and sons Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James.

Yvette was romantically linked to singer Julio Iglesias Jr.Enrique’s older brother.

Congrats to the happy couple!