Today is the 21st anniversary of Michael Jordan’s infamous ‘flu game’ during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, on the road against the Utah Jazz. Despite being visibly ill, Jordan finished with 38 points and willed the Bulls to the win and a 3-2 series lead before being famously carried off the floor by Scottie Pippen.
While most have never questioned that the Jordan was on death’s door with the flu during his iconic performance, his airness’ former personal trainer Tim Grover – who was with him in Utah before the game – firmly believes Jordan was the victim of intentional case of food poisoning.
As Grover tells it in the below video interview with a YouTube version of Scott Van Pelt, a starving Jordan ordered a pizza to his Park City hotel that was conspicuously delivered by five shady delivery dudes. Grover says he told Jordan he had a bad feeling about the whole situation, but MJ ate the pie anyways. By two in the morning, Jordan was already in bad shape, curled up sick in his bed. The rest is Flu Game history.
We love a good conspiracy theory, and better yet, a conspiracy theory behind an iconic all-time performance. Did Jordan have the Flu? Was he poisoned? Did Oswald act alone? Listen to Grover make the case.