There have been many derivatives to come out of The Last Dance. One of them emerged earlier this week when the documentary’s director Jason Hehir asserted, in an interview with Jalen & Jacoby, that Michael Jordan spit on his the infamous flu/food poisoning game pizza so no one else in the room could eat any of it. Wright Thompson also once wrote that Jordan did this with cinnamon rolls.
On Tuesday, the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz interviewed Jordan’s trainer Tim Grover, who confirmed the manner in which MJ would indeed spit on his food:
“Michael was very territorial about his food,” Grover answered. “It was like this is my food. He didn’t like anybody picking food up off of his plate. Now to say he would spit on his food — it’s not like he took a big loogie — he would playfully [sprinkle] spit on his food to claim this is mine. But it wasn’t like he was getting way down deep in the throat and the nostrils to put this big thing on his food.”
This is a classic example of to the victor go the spoils — if Jordan’s Bulls had not won six championships, his eccentricities would be reviled instead of revered. But now you can sort of reverse engineer a narrative in which the ends justify the means and assert that being a complete psycho propelled him to greatness. Therefore, people tolerate and even laud all his behaviors that you’d despise if they were carried out by a friend, colleague, or family member.