Jordan’s Trainer, Tim Grover, Destroys ‘The Flu Game’ Myth
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) - On June 11, 1997, the Bulls edged out the Jazz in Game 5 of the NBA Finals by a two-point margin, to take a 3-2 series lead before heading back to Chicago to claim their fifth championship.
As the story goes, MJ, pale and nauseous from the flu, battled through torturous flu-like symptoms to pull the Bulls back from an early 16-point deficit, and eventually willed them to the decisive victory with a remarkable 38-performance.
At least, that’s how the story goes.
But in reality, as Tim Grover – Jordan’s personal trainer for fifteen years – told the Junkies Thursday, MJ actually had food poisoning from some suspect pizza he had delivered to his hotel room the night before.
“I think the flu is just a little standard line, and plus Michael had played in so many quote unquote flu games, so it just got thrown in as a generic term,” Grover said.
Below is the real story of how Michael came to eat tainted pizza before ‘The Flu Game’ as told in Tim Grover’s own words, who was on to promote his new book “Relentless: From Good To Great To Unstoppable”:
He didn’t have the flu. I’ve been trying to tell people that for a long time and we finally put it in the book and got it out there. It was actually food poisoning.
We were in Utah, the hotel room service stopped real early, I think 8, 9 o’clock. He got hungry, wanted something to eat, couldn’t really find anything. So I found one thing that was open. I said ‘hey, all I could get is a pizza.’ He said ‘well, get it.’ I called up. When the delivery guys came to the door, there were like four or five guys.
I just figured they thought he would open the door and fans would get to see him. And we took the pizza and no one else ate in the room but him.
And then later on in the evening, he’s curled up in a fetal position and just calling my room and saying ‘hey, call the team physician. I’m not doing good.’
From there I thought about and was like ‘you know what? He got food poisoning.’
There you have it.
If you believe Grover’s version of the story, it’s now your civic duty to correct anyone at any point in your life who still refers to it as ‘The Flu Game.’
Grover went on to recommend that RGIII wear a knee brace during the entire 2013 NFL season.
Here’s a two-minute and five-second clip of him talking about ‘The Flu Game’…