Michael Jordan’s Trainer Says ‘Flu Game’ Was A Case of Food Poisoning

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Michael Jordan's Trainer Says 'Flu Game' Was A Poisoning Case

The infamous ‘Flu Game’ stands among the most iconic moments in sports history. While the 38-point performance by Michael Jordan has inspired retro releases and Gatorade commercials, a recent interview with famed trainer Tim Grover by TrueHoop TV suggests that Jordan’s symptoms were not from the flu but rather food poisoning. Grover details the night before the game:

“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 says 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.”

While ‘Park City Pizza Game’ certainly doesn’t have the same ring as the original nickname, it does make for an interesting story. What’s your take on this MJ tale? Does it change your pre-game meal routine? Let us know in the comment section.

Source: Ball Don’t Lie

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13 Comments on "Michael Jordan’s Trainer Says ‘Flu Game’ Was A Case of Food Poisoning"

  1. LuckyP757

    hmmmmm so NOW the question is,  is food poisoning worst than the flu?? If so it makes for an even better story than before

  2. UnberievabreX

    now there’s a conspiracy of whether or not the pizza guy had undercooked the pizza on purpose to prevent the bulls from winning the title

  3. jayPOLO

    having had the flu like most everybody and also having the unfortunate instance of having food poisoning on one occasion, I can without a doubt say the food poisoning was far more intense. One of the very worst feelings I ever had in my life was when I had food poisoning.  It literally felt like I was dying from my stomach outward. With the vomiting, diarrhea, feeling cold but sweating non stop, feeling weak and fragile and not being strong enough to walk, there is absolutely no way I could even imagine playing basketball let alone actually playing a NBA Finals game. Truly amazing if true and one of the many reasons he is the GOAT.

  4. jayPOLO

    having had the flu like most everybody and also having the unfortunate instance of having food poisoning on one occasion, I can without a doubt say the food poisoning was far more intense. One of the very worst feelings I ever had in my life was when I had food poisoning.  It literally felt like I was dying from my stomach outward. With the vomiting, diarrhea, feeling cold but sweating non stop, feeling weak and fragile and not being strong enough to walk, there is absolutely no way I could even imagine playing basketball let alone actually playing a NBA Finals game. Truly amazing if true and one of the many reasons he is the GOAT.

  5. RDogg23

    The NBC telecast reported Jordan having the flu. That’s why it’s labeled the “Flu Game”. NBA TV has original replay telecast of that game from time to time. Food poisoning or flu this game is legendary.

  6. Neezy

    @LuckyP757 Nah. It’s not worse, due to the fact Flu has more symptoms. It’s a pretty bad feeling though. Dehydration from vomiting, because all of your fluids are gone (and I’ll save one important symptom for later lol). Cold sweats and weakness, to name a few. It’s similar to the Flu, but usually will pass over a lot quicker than the Flu. 
     
    I had food poisoning once, from Burger King, back in the day. Ate one of their Big King’s (their version of the Big Mac) and I was SO DONE the next day. Me and my sister. I wouldn’t say it makes for a better story, because now it just messes up the entire stigma behind that game, changing it from “The Flu Game” to “The Food Poisoning Game.” Doesn’t have that same ring to it or “warrior” feel, for a ball player to be battling the Flu in the NBA Finals. Although he was battling something.
     
     *that important symptom I told you about* Makes it more interesting though, because the man was probably hooping with diarrhea! Now THAT is something to think about!

  7. Neezy

    @LuckyP757 Nah. It’s not worse, due to the fact Flu has more symptoms. It’s a pretty bad feeling though. Dehydration from vomiting, because all of your fluids are gone (and I’ll save one important symptom for later lol). Cold sweats and weakness, to name a few. It’s similar to the Flu, but usually will pass over a lot quicker than the Flu. 
     
    I had food poisoning once, from Burger King, back in the day. Ate one of their Big King’s (their version of the Big Mac) and I was SO DONE the next day. Me and my sister. I wouldn’t say it makes for a better story, because now it just messes up the entire stigma behind that game, changing it from “The Flu Game” to “The Food Poisoning Game.” Doesn’t have that same ring to it or “warrior” feel, for a ball player to be battling the Flu in the NBA Finals. Although he was battling something.
     
     *that important symptom I told you about* Makes it more interesting though, because the man was probably hooping with diarrhea! Now THAT is something to think about!

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