'Last Dance' director Jason Hehir explains why only Michael Jordan ate the pizza

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The legend of Michael Jordan’s iconic “flu game” took a hit in episode 9 of “The Last Dance.” And people are having a tough time taking the news.

Jordan divulged that it was actually bad pizza that made him sick before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. But the tale has only brought more questions and “The Last Dance” director Jason Hehir tried to clear it up.

Flu story changes to food poisoning

In case you missed the episode, Jordan and his crew insisted he was sick due to food poisoning from a bad pizza. He ordered it around 10:30 p.m. while in Utah after struggling to find a place that was open.

Five guys delivered it. And then Jordan ate all of it himself. Questionable story, right?

‘Last Dance’ director says Jordan spit on pizza

David Jacoby sure thought so. With Hehir on the Jalen & Jacoby Aftershow, Jacoby interrogated the director about if it was “exactly 100 percent the truth.”

For most people, it’s odd that in a room full of people only one partakes in eating a pizza late at night. What didn’t make the cut was that Jordan spit on it to prevent anyone else from eating it, Hehir said.

The background of the night is that Jordan’s crew went out for dinner, but didn’t wait for the superstar before ordering and eating. So Jordan hadn’t had dinner.

Come 10 p.m. he’s starving and since they’re on the outskirts of Salt Lake City it’s difficult to find anything open. Jordan settles on pizza.

“When the pizza shows up,” Hehir said, “Michael says ‘Everybody, do not touch this pizza. This is mine. You didn’t wait for me, don’t touch this.’ So he spits on the pizza.”

Jacoby, still in shock at how this story is evolving, notes that his 7-year-old son pulls that stunt. Hehir goes on to explain that it wasn’t the first time Jordan had been known to do that and he believes no one else ate the pizza that night based on the events.

The other conspiracy is that Jazz fans spiked the pizza to get Jordan sick, especially considering it was delivered to the hotel by five pizza spot employees. Hehir is likely right in saying it was nothing more than five fans wanting to get a glimpse of Jordan.

It was 'the flu game.' Now it's the pizza scandal. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)
It was 'the flu game.' Now it's the pizza scandal. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)

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