There has been speculation for years about whether or not Michael Jordan really had the flu in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. MJ’s trainer, Tim Grover, claims that the illness was actually food poisoning courtesy of a few Utah Jazz fans.
Grover told TrueHoop TV that he is “100 percent” certain that the “Flu Game” was the result of Utah fans who went too far. Grover goes on to explain:
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 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.
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.
The attempt by Jazz fans to help their city win a championship only adds to Jordan’s legend. He scored 38 points in a two-point victory despite the illness.
“His Airness” would not only will the Bulls to victory in what should now be called “the Food Poisoning Game,” but he also captured his fifth NBA Championship.The Jazz fans never got theirs.