One of the wildest stories that came out of the “The Last Dance” so far is the fact that Michael Jordan used to deny food from his teammate Horace Grant if he played bad games.
“Players would come to me over the years and said, ‘You know what he did? He took Horace [Grant’s] food away on the plane because Horace had a bad game,’” Smith said. “[Michael] told the stewardesses ‘Don’t feed him, he doesn’t deserve to eat.’
“They would tell me stuff like that and they’d say ‘Why don’t you write this?’ And I would say ‘Well I can’t write it unless you say it.’ I don’t do ‘league sources.’ You can’t do that kind of stuff on these kinds of things. ‘If you want to be quoted I’ve got no problem with that.’ ‘No, no, no we can’t say that about Michael Jordan.’”
The story went super viral to the point that Grant reached out to Shannon Sharpe and confirmed that it happened, but when he tried to do something about it, teammates would stop him.
“Horace told me: ‘If you didn’t confront Mike, he would ride you every day, all day, all the time. You had to stand up for yourself. I didn’t have a problem with Mike the player, I had a problem with how he tried to motivate me,'” Sharpe said.
Horace also noted that Jordan would never try his tactics with Charles Oakley.
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