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Was Jordan poisoned rather than flu-ridden against Jazz in 1997?

Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 5:05 p.m. MDT

Sixteen years after the "Flu Game", Michael Jordan's trainer says it wasn't the flu that had the former Chicago star feeling ill in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.

In an interview with TrueHoop TV on the ESPN TrueHoop Network, former Jordan trainer Tim Grover says he is "100 percent" sure Jordan was intentionally poisoned before the the swing game of the series, which at that point was tied 2-2.

"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."

You can read the full piece, including additional insight from Grover, here.

Matt Petersen is the Sports Web Editor for DeseretNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheMattPetersen.

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