The backlash from the 10-part documentary of the Chicago Bulls 1997-1998 season continues to pour in from former teammates of Michael Jordan who took issue with stuff being said about them or how they were perceived.
One of the criticisms is how Scottie Pippen was reportedly livid over his portrayal in “The Last Dance,” and he isn’t the only one to feel that way.
During an interview with ‘BetOnline’, Criag Hodges said that he didn’t like how Scottie Pippen was portrayed as well, even taking shots at Jordan to explain his point.
Hodges says that Jordan wouldn’t have won without Pippen:
“I’m still kind of upset about it because I know the type of brother that Scottie is. Scottie is the type of brother, I wasn’t part of the team when he didn’t stand up and come back out and play during that play, but I know that Scottie is the type of cat that will give his shirt for you, go on the ground for you and kick out the shot for you.
“I didn’t like how he was portrayed and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it and I’m still trying to figure that out. Without Scottie, MJ would not have won. It’s like all the brothers sitting here. It’s almost like MJ won in a vacuum and it wasn’t anything like that. To throw your brother, especially no. 33, under the bus, that wasn’t cool.”
Hodges has been all over Jordan since the documentary dropped. Hodges, who played with Jordan in Chicago from 1988 to 1992, took exception to Jordan referring to the Bulls team when he was first drafted as a “cocaine circus,” while airing others’ personal business.
“One of the things as players we call this a fraternity,” Hodges said. “So I’m watching the first episode and I was upset about the ‘cocaine circus.’ That bothered me because I was thinking about the brothers who are on that picture with you who have to explain to their families who are getting ready to watch this great Michael Jordan documentary event and they know you’re on the team, and now you’ve got to explain that to a 12-year-old boy.”