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Michael Jordan’s trainer thinks MJ was poisoned for “flu game”

Apr 17, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

We all know the legend of the Michael Jordan flu game (or if you’re young, you’ve seen the images in Gatorade commercials.

It was Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals and the Bulls and Jazz were tied 2-2. The night before Game 5 Jordan got sick and by game time the next day he looked dehydrated and like death warmed over. He had been in bed for the 24 hours before but dragged himself to the Delta Center for a key game.

And he scored 38 points, 15 in the fourth quarter, played 44 minutes and willed the Bulls to a key win, then Scottie Pippen almost has to carry Jordan off the floor.

Jordan’s ability to play with the flu made him a legend — except his trainer Tim Grover doesn’t think it was the flu. He thinks Jordan was poisoned.

Grover was on TrueHoop TV this week and told the story (nod to Eye on Basketball for pointing this out).

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.

Jalen Rose has said that Jordan was hungover. Believe whatever you want,. Whatever you choose it will only add to the legend of Jordan.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Crazy, but why is this coming out now is this guy up for a book deal??

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    This is not news. It was said at the time. The media just wasn’t hanging off everyone’s every word back then like they are now.

  3. stinkfingers - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    No worries…. MJ got revenge when he threw Bryon Russell out of the way and drained the game winner in Game 6 of the 98 Finals.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Truer words never spoken. Karma?

  4. cdins - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I heard he was actually hungover from being out the night before.

  5. thenew013 - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    wow. i believe it, but i also believe in the illuminati. pretty much anything conflicting with the original story i believe. dont judge me im 22 and still have some maturing to do.

    • badintent - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      age got nothing to do with smarts. You are right. Illuminati paid the Pope’s bulter for the Pope’s personal papers. Pope had to tip out. truth don’t lie

  6. savvybynature - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    No wonder he got sick. Five Guys is known for its burgers, not its pizza.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM


    • philtration - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      I thought 5 Guys was a date with Kim Kardashian

  7. mnwildfan15 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    So is this like his first “retirement” when he was caught betting on basketball??

    • stlsportsnews - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      He was also devastated by his father’s murder and switched to baseball to honor him, but don’t let that get in the way of your trolling

  8. wgray981 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Sounds like this guy is just trying to get attention. If he actually believed it, he would have made a much bigger deal about it when it actually happened

  9. 49faithful - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    This is crap I don’t by it.

  10. badintent - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Karma. Guy got paid $$millions to shrill for McDs . But he can’t do a burger and fries ? Fries don’t lie

  11. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Yeah, MJ was poisoned… it’s called alcohol poisoning.

  12. asublimeday - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Jalen Rose is a jealous turd. Hate on, Jalen. Hate on.

  13. asublimeday - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    No worries…. MJ got revenge when he threw Bryon Russell out of the way and drained the game winner in Game 6 of the 98 Finals.

    More jealous hate.

  14. thehumanfly - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Why not just go and pick up the pizza?? Why didnt jordan have a food tester??
    He was hungover

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