Even if you're too young to have seen Michael Jordan's legendary 'Flu Game' when it happened, chances are you've seen a Gatorade commercial showing highlights of it.
Jordan scored 38 points and led the Bulls to a 90-88 victory over the Utah Jazz in game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
After the game, Jordan collapsed in Scottie Pippen's arms, completely drained from both sickness and exertion.
It has been called the 'Flu Game' ever since, but Jordan's personal trainer Tim Grover says that he was poisoned
. Perhaps not even simple garden variety food poisoning, but actual poison.
"Yes, 100 percent poisoned. Everyone called it a 'Flu Game,' but we sat there and we were in the room, we were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like 9 o'clock. And he got hungry, and we really couldn't find any other place to eat so we ordered. I said, 'Hey, the only thing I could find is a pizza place.' He said, 'All right, order pizza.' We had been there for a while, so everybody knows what hotel. I mean Park City (didn't have) many hotels back then. Everybody kind of knew where we were staying. So we order a pizza, they come to deliver it, five guys come to deliver this pizza. And I'm just ... I take the pizza, and I tell them, I said, 'I got a bad feeling about this.' I said, 'I just got a bad feeling about this.' Out of everybody in the room, he was the only one that ate. Nobody else ... then 2 o'clock in the morning, I get a call to my room. I come to the room, he's curled up, he's curled up in the fetal position. We're looking at him. We're finding the team physician at that time. And immediately I said, 'It's food poisoning.' Guaranteed. Not the flu."
A few things stick out, but mainly the fact that five guys came to deliver the pizza. Why would five people come to deliver one pizza unless they knew that it was for Michael Jordan? And since the game was in Utah, is it really that inconceivable that someone would try to poison the star player for the opposing team?
As it turns out, the Bulls won the game (and the series, in 6 games) anyway. Not only that, but this game also became part of the legend of Michael Jordan. Even if someone tried to sabotage him, it looks like it didn't work out as they hoped.