Bleacher Report – When Michael Jordan torched the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, he apparently had food poisoning, not the flu.
As it turns out, Jordan’s legendary display might not have come while he was dogged by the flu, or even the common cold. According to his trainer, Jim Grover, it came while he was persevering through the ill effects of some bad pizza (via Henry Abbott of ESPN.com): 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.
You literally cant believe anything in the world anymore. Every news media outlet has had false reporting of the Boston Marathon bombing, every news media outlet falsely reported the Sandy Hook shooting, and now we’re finding out that for the last 16 years Michael Jordan and the NBA has been lying to us. There was no Flu Game. Jordan had food poisoning. So disappointing. Finding out Jordan’s Flu Game isnt real is like when you were young and you found out the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny werent real. Devastating. This isn’t the kind of world I want to bring my kid into. Can’t believe anything nowadays. If you don’t see it live, take it as fiction. That’s my motto.