Michael Jordan’s Trainer Says “Flu Game” Was A Result Of Food Poisoning
Michael Jordan’s world famous trainer Tim Grover has just thrown cold water on one of the greatest performances in the history of athletics.
Back in 1997, the Bulls and Jazz were tied 2-2 in the NBA Finals. Prior to game five, Michael Jordan was hooked up to an IV with a vicious flu, and he wasn’t expected to play. Not only to “His Airness” dress for the game, but he dropped a ridiculous 38 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Bulls won the game, and they went on to win the championship. That’s the story that everyone has stuck to for over 15 years, but now Grover has tossed out an alternative theory…
The real truth, Grover says, is that Jordan was poisoned.
“100 percent,” Grover says on TrueHoop TV. “He was poisoned for the ‘flu game.’ Everyone called it a flu game, but we sat there. We were in the room.” Grover explains:
We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. He got hungry and we really couldn’t find any other place to eat. So we said eh, the only thing I can find is a pizza place. So we says all right, order pizza.
We had been there for a while. Everybody knew what hotel. Park City was not many hotels back then. So everyone kind of knew where we were staying.
So we order pizza. Five guys came to deliver this pizza. I take the pizza and I tell them: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this. … I’ve just got a bad feeling about this.”
Out of everybody in the room, [MJ] was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it. And then 2 o’clock in the morning I get a call to my room. Come to the room. He’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him, finding the team physician at that time.
Immediately I told him it’s food poisoning. Not the flu.
Sheeeeet. Poisoned? How is this only coming out now? Apparently Grover has been holding this in for 18 years, and he’s suddenly decided to spill the beans.
To be fair, Grover’s opinion is just that, an opinion. Does this seem a little silly to anyone else? In order to poison Michael Jordan’s pizza, the pizza maker would’ve had to know they were delivering to Michael Jordan. How could they know that?
Did Jordan call up and say, “Hi, this is NBA champion Michael Jordan and I’d like to order a pizza. Perhaps the word champion is unfamiliar to you, I’m guessing it’s because I’m the only guy that wins, and your jabroni Mailman can’t get it done. Can I get a large pepperoni?”
Honestly, there is no way that Jordan orders his own pizza? However, in the unlikely scenario that he does order his own pizza, wouldn’t he use an alias? Seems fishy to me. I’m sticking to the flu story. You know who isn’t sticking to the flu story? Jalen Rose. He thinks Michael Jordan was just severely hung over. Either way it was an impressive performance.