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Trainer: Michael Jordan Was Poisoned Before ‘Flu Game’

Michael Jordan rests during the 'Flu Game.' (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan rests during the ‘Flu Game.’ (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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(CBS) We all remember Michael Jordan’s famous “flu game.”

The night before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan became terribly ill with what was reported as the flu. A little sickness wasn’t going to stop the future Hall of Famer, though, as Jordan went out and dropped 38 points as the Bulls took a 3-2 series lead with a 90-88 win over the Jazz.

But was Jordan sick… or poisoned?

“Yes, 100 percent,” Jordan’s trainer Tim Grover told TrueHoop TV. “He was poisoned for the ‘Flu Game.’ Everyone called it a flu game, but we sat there. We were in the room.”

Here’s the full story from Grover:

“We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel,” Grover explained. “Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. And 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. They come to deliver it, and 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, (Jordan) was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it.

“And then, at 2 o’clock in the morning, I get a call to my room. I come to the room, and he’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him, finding the team physician at that time. And immediately I told him it’s food poisoning. Guaranteed. Not the flu.”