If you've been watching the thrilling and interesting ESPN docu-series The Last Dance, then you already know how wild and talented legendary basketball player Michael Jordan is. Let's face it; we all knew he's a sports legend, but the docu-series goes one step further and takes us on a behind-the-scenes adventure of what happens on and off the court.
But in the docu-series, there was one part in particular which caught the eyes of many viewers, which led Twitter to go wild with theories. In the newest episode, it focuses on Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98'. It was a big season, but viewers were more focused on the iconic and unforgettable "flu game" Jordan played.
Imagine this: It is Game 5 of the NBS finals and Jordan is playing through the game while exhibiting what it appears to be flu-like symptoms to beat Utah Jazz. While being sick, Jordan secures 38 points. Being sick and playing a crucial basketball game isn't what anyone wants to do, but Jordan pulled through. However, the catch is he may not have been fighting the flu. The former conspiracy was the Jordan was hungover, but his trainer, Tim Grover, points the finger to food poisoning.
Jordan ordered pizza to his hotel room around 10:30 pm - nothing to be suspicious about. However, five guys showed up to deliver it. Tim Grover said, "Five guys delivering one pizza. They were all trying to look in. I take the pizza. I pay them. I put this pizza down. I said, 'I've got a bad feeling about this pizza." Though Grover didn't have a good feeling about the pizza, Jordan ate it anyways. What are you going to tell the best player on your team? Not to eat pizza? Within a couple of hours, he fell ill.
Jordan said, "I ate the pizza all by myself. Nobody else ate the pizza. [Then] I wake up about 2:30 throwing up left and right."
Hmm, that sounds pretty suspicious to us. If it was up to us, we'd think that his pizza was tampered with. You don't need five men to deliver a pizza. And, if you suddenly become sick, well, it probably was a sudden case of the flu. It sounds like the pizza guys weren't loyal Jordan fans.
Even though Jordan was battling food poisoning, that game ended up going down in history. Many fans believed a pizza place in Utah was responsible for getting Jordan sick and jeopardizing the game to Utah's advantage. Well, that's at least what people on Twitter think. However, regardless of what happened behind-the-scenes, Jordan still managed to push through and help get his team to victory.
"That was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done," Jordan said. "I almost played myself into passing out just to win a basketball game."