Michael Jordan May Have Been Poisoned During Greatest Game Ever

by
Owen Poindexter
A new interview with Tim Grover, Michael Jordan's trainer, reveals that Jordan may have played one of his best games ever while poisoned...and that the poisoning might have been intentional.

A new interview with Tim Grover, Michael Jordan's trainer, reveals that Jordan may have played one of his best games ever while poisoned...and that the poisoning might have been intentional.

Michael Jordan's flu game: It's considered one of the best performances by the best basketball player to ever play the game. Jordan's Chicago Bulls were tied 2-2 in the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. This was the best year for the Stockton-to-Malone Jazz, a fast, precise team with a more balanced attack than the Jordan-Pippen-Rodman Bulls. The Jazz looked ready to take the momentum in the series when disaster struck the Bulls: Michael Jordan came down with a severe case of the flu. Or "flu-like symptoms anyway." Whatever it was, Jordan was visibly struggling on the court, bowing his head with his hands on his knees any time play stopped. The Jazz surged to an early 16 point lead, and looked in control.
 
That's when Jordan became Jordan again. He erupted for a 17 point second quarter, and finished with 38 points, including a 3 pointer that broke an 85-85 tie late in the game. It's one of the first games that comes to mind when people discuss Jordan's best games, and the best individual basketball performances ever.
 
Now, Tim Grover, Jordan's longtime trainer, is saying that Jordan didn't have the flu that day. No, he was poisoned:
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.
So, yeah, it definitely seems like Jordan got food poisoning. He was fine before he ate the pizza, he was the only one to eat it, and he got brutally sick afterwards. The question remains: was this accidental food poisoning, or were the pizza guys trying to deliver Stockton and Malone's elusive first championship. It's generally better to assume the less malevolent scenario, not just because it's nice, but because it's more likely to be accurate, BUT two things stick out here: one, five guys delivered one pizza. Of the many pizzas I have seen delivered in my years, I cannot recall a single instance that more than one person came along. Clearly the delivery guys knew whose door they were knocking on. Also, let's remember that they are in Utah: enemy territory.
 
That by itself is suspicious, but Michael Jordan was world famous. Michael Jackson might have gotten extra pizza guys too, just so they could catch a glimpse of him. It's the other detail that corroborates the intentional poison hypothesis: everyone else was too scared to eat the pizza. The poison theory wasn't revisionist history, they suspected it BEFORE Jordan ate the pizza.

That's not proof--we're past time for proof--but it's enough to say that it would be quite a coincidence if the food poisoning was an innocent mistake.

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