Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 3:30 pm  |  31 responses

Michael Jordan’s Trainer Says MJ Was Poisoned Prior to ‘Flu Game’

According to Tim Grover, Michael Jordan didn’t just eat bad pizza (nor was he hung over) before heroically playing in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals (Jordan’s 38 points pushed the Chicago Bulls to a 3-2 series lead, and one step closer to their 5th title.) MJ was poisoned by someone in Utah, claims Grover. Per True Hoop (via EOB): “He was poisoned for the ‘Flu Game’, Grover said. ‘Everyone called it a flu game, but we sat there. We were in the room.’ [...] ‘We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel,’ Grover says. ‘Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. And 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 say 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. They come to deliver it and 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, [Jordan] was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it. And then at 2 o’clock in the morning I get a call to my room. I come to the room and he’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him, finding the team physician at that time. And immediately I told him it’s food poisoning. Guaranteed. Not the flu.’”

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  • Abdullah Musazay

    My money’s on Jeff Hornacek. That guy’s too horny.

  • http://twitter.com/reedan Reedan

    Was he living under a rock for the past 16 years?!!! Damn!

  • carlos

    this is so relevant almost 15 years later :)

  • carlos

    * 16 years

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    So I guess the Flu Game will now be called the Food Poisoning Game. Just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    so tim grover held out on this info for 16 years? attention maybe

  • LP

    I love when people say “he wasn’t really sick…it was fake” ……Lets just say it WAS fake……he still dropped 38 with a clutch 3 at the end…. Please, stop what you are doing And appreciate the fact that you will never see this greatness again on an NBA court. …. His Legacy strikes again…it will never be matched…. *braces for down-votes*

  • Rockwell

    The dude is promoting a book he wrote.

  • bike

    It took five guys to deliver the pizza? What was it, like 8 feet in diameter?

  • patrick

    corruption in utah!

  • RayJr

    Utah has some pretty messed up fans.

  • robb

    that’s why they’ll never win sh*t.

  • Krissi Kill


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The man waits 16 years to tell us this?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he still got that clutch win.

  • Darren

    I thought it was common knowledge years ago that it was dodgy pizza that did it. I didn’t know the details of the story though.

  • robb

    yeah maybe he added some “extra sauce” on that pizza

  • Lloyd

    If I worked at a pizza joint and Jordan wanted a pizza delivered, better believe I’m going with the guy who delivers it.

  • KY

    Is it just me, or does this entire story seem like the rejected plotline for “Celtic Pride”? I can’t see Dan Akroyd as a pizza guy either


    Yea I don’t care what my job is. I’m going lol

  • JL

    I would have thought that they would have taken better precautions. At least fake the name or something. Somehow the guys clearly knew it was for Jordan since there were five of them. Just call it in and say Tim and carry it out. WTH.

  • Ugh

    You’re really dumb.

  • JL

    which part of being careful is dumb? They’re in the Finals, best player in the world, and they trust a pizzeria in Utah? You know there are “bad” people out there right?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man we’ve heard this a bunch of times. Never that exact story, but he is not the first one to say this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    or to cut it short the FP game

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    lol you’re killing me

  • RayJr

    Part 2 storyline for sure lol

  • thestockexchange

    This reminds me of my Asian neighborhood who was a Jazz fan and whenever Jeff made a 3 he’d yell “HORNYSEX” it was hilarious because he wasn’t trying to be funny

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  • Portertrain

    Is he seriously suggesting that the pizza was tainted? I’m a massive Jordan fan … But does every Jordan story have to become .. The lost scripture of the holey basketball bible … Can’t it just be a dodgey pizza (we’ve all had one ) and a miraculous performance ..we’ve all been really crook and still get up and go to work for a lot less ..I sometimes think MJ is so protected, and admired through the media and friends we will never know the true story to anything … Other than the sportcenter highlights