A man by the name of Craig Fite has come forward that is claiming to be the guy who delivered the now-infamous pizza that Michael Jordan ate the night before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
What was known as the Jordan ‘Flu Game’ has turned into the ‘Food Poison’ game after Jordan himself stated so. Jordan battled through extreme malaise and fever to finish the game with 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block to push the Bulls to a 3-2 series lead.
Jordan’s longtime trainer Tim Grover revealed that Jordan’s condition was not the flu, but actually a bad case of food poisoning that he had gotten from eating an entire pizza by himself.
Craig Fite first took to Twitter and stated he was the man who delivered that pizza.
He not only delivered it, but made it.
“The guy motioned me over because he knew I was the only Bulls fan in the store,” Fite narrated in an interview on The Big Show podcast, via Wil Leitner of Fox Sports Radio. “He comes over and he goes ‘I think it’s the Bulls and it might be one of the players.’ I had been hired 3 or 4 weeks earlier as an assistant manager and I remember saying ‘I’m doing it, I will make the pizza because I don’t want anyone of you doing anything to it.’”
Fite also dismissed the story of Jordan’s personal trainer, Tim Grover, who said in Episode 9 of “The Last Dance” that there were four guys delivering the pizza.
“The crap story that the guy said that there were ‘5 people’, there were 2 of us and I didn’t even have that many people working at time,” Fite claims. “I remember there being a police car parked there and you had to identify yourself. Both of us were in uniform and it’s clear where were coming from.”
He then detailed how prepared that pizza to the best of his ability:
“It’s tough to get food poisoning off a pizza unless of course you obviously add something to it, but that didn’t happen because it sure as heck didn’t leave my hands,” he said. “That pizza was made well, I followed all the rules, and heck, I was so busy trying to impress to become the store manager there that I followed all the rules.”
Well, there you have it.