Some people might be honored to resemble a famous athlete -- but not Allen Heckard. The Portland, Ore., man said he had been mistaken for basketball legend Michael Jordan almost every day for 15 years -- and was sick of it.
In 2006, he sued the former Chicago Bull along with Nike cofounder Phil Knight (for promoting Jordan) for a combined $832 million, claiming personal injury and emotional pain and suffering. Heckard, an African-American with a shaved head and an earring in his left ear, did look a little like Jordan, but he was also 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) shorter and eight years older than his more famous counterpart. He soon dropped the lawsuit. It was pretty clear that Heckard's case didn't have a leg to stand on after he explained why he chose to sue Jordan and Knight for $416 million each: "Well," Heckard reasoned, "you figure with my age and you multiply that times seven and, ah, then I turn around and, ah, I figure that's what it all boils down to."