Horace Grant claims Michael Jordan lied during “The Last Dance” documentary series on ESPN.
Grant said it “is a downright, outright, completely lie” that he leaked much of the information in Sam Smith’s famous “The Jordan Rules” book, as Jordan alleged during the documentary.
“Lie, lie, lie. … If MJ had a grudge with me, let’s settle this like men,” Grant said during the interview. “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 book]. Sam 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.”
Unfortunately for Grant, social media gives people access to finding things about him, even way back in the 90’s.
There was an interview Grant did back in the day where he proved to be an un-trusting guy by badmouthing Scottie Pippen and head coach Phil Jackson in an interview with magazine Inside Sports in 1993.
On Pippen: “To be honest, Scotty has become arrogant and cocky. But that’s to be expected of people who can’t handle fame and fortune. He has to put things in perspective and not go overboard with that cockiness. Not only has he approached that line, he’s taken a few steps over it.”
On Jackson: “With Scottie, Michael and myself, Phil has to deal with three different personalities. He knows he can’t say much to Michael. And Scottie is such a rebellious, sensitive person now, Phil can’t say much to him, either. So that leaves little old Horace. Phil thinks he can take advantage of me. Our relationship lacks mutual respect.”
His anger subsided as that season progressed, but the comments did wound Pippen.
“Horace told me he said that stuff a long time before,” says Pippen. “And I said, ‘Yeah, but you still said it, so evidently you meant it.’ It hurt. I won’t say it didn’t. I think it was a combination of a lot of things—frustration, maybe misinterpreting me a little bit and confusion over our friendship changing. Things aren’t the same as when we were young and it was Scottie and Horace, Horace and Scottie. We’ve outgrown that, and we both had to realize it. The important thing is that we’re still good friends and that we play well together.”
Grant helped Jordan and the Bulls win three NBA championships from 1991 to 1993.