Michael Jordan has been branded a liar by ex-Chicago Bulls team-mate Horace Grant over claims made in ‘The Last Dance’ series.
In the 10-part docuseries, co-produced by ESPN and Netflix, Jordan accused Grant – who won three NBA championships with the Bulls – of being a source for Sam Smith’s book ‘The Jordan Rules’, which paints the Hall of Famer in an unflattering light.
But Grant, whose relationship with Jordan soured and who later left for the Orlando Magic, denied the accusations and said Jordan merely holds a “grudge”.
“Lie, lie, lie. If MJ had a grudge with me, let’s settle this like men,” Grant said on ESPN 1000 radio.
“Let’s talk about it. Or we can settle it another way. But yet and still, he goes out and puts this lie out that I was the source behind [The Jordan Rules].
“Sam Smith and I have always been great friends. We’re still great friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there.
“The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative reporter. That he had to have two sources, two, to write a book, I guess. Why would MJ just point me out?
“It’s only a grudge, man. I’m telling you, it was only a grudge. And I think he proved that during this so-called documentary. When if you say something about him, he’s going to cut you off, he’s going to try to destroy your character.”
The legendary Scottie Pippen, who was beside Jordan for each of the Bulls’ six championships in an eight-year span, was another ex-player to appear in the documentary who was supposedly unhappy with his portrayal.
In one episode, Jordan said Pippen was “selfish” over his decision to delay foot surgery that saw him miss the start of the 1997-98 season.
“I have never seen a quote-unquote number two guy, as decorated as Scottie Pippen, portrayed so badly,” added Grant, who suggested that the documentary was not a true reflection of events given the role Jordan’s production company had in the making of the show.
“When that so-called documentary is about one person, basically, and he has the last word on what’s going to be put out there … it’s not a documentary.
“It’s his narrative of what happens in the last, quote-unquote, dance. That’s not a documentary because a whole bunch of things was cut out, edited out. So that’s why I call it a so-called documentary.”
Grant said that Jordan has a history of holding grudges, adding: “My point is, he said that I was the snitch, but yet and still after 35 years he brings up his rookie year going into one of his team-mates’ rooms and seeing [drugs] and women.
“Why the hell did he want to bring that up? What’s that got to do with anything? I mean, if you want to call somebody a snitch, that’s a damn snitch right there.” (www.sportsmax.tv)