Longtime Chicago Bulls writer Sam Smith, who wrote the infamous “Jordan Rules” book in the 90s, takes issue with many things Michael Jordan said during “The Last Dance”.
In an interview with ’s 95.7 The Game’s Bonta, Steiny & Guru,, Smith claims Jordan “made up” or “lied” about several things in the doc to make himself look good.
“There were several things in the documentary that he (MJ) made up or he lied about…”
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“That was a complete and blatant lie by Michael,” Smith said of Jordan wanting to return for the 1998-99 season. “There were several things in the documentary that I saw, I would know, that he made up or he lied about. They weren’t major things, but it was like when a TV movie comes on and they say, ‘this is based on a true story.’ That’s what that was. It was based on a true story.”
One of the things Smith says Jordan exaggerated was the pizza poisoning story that was heavily featured in the ninth episode of TLD.
“The pizza thing — the poison — that was complete nonsense,” . “There were a couple of other things like that I won’t go into. They weren’t major, but the thing at the end [about Jordan wanting to return for the 1998-99 season] was a complete, blatant lie. I know what happened.”
Smith wasn’t fond of Jordan playing the victim and saying he was forced into retirement in his final season with the Bulls.
“To come back in ’98 and do what he did and basically walk away when he didn’t have to, and then to pretend that he was the one that wanted to play and they forced him out? Who ever forces Michael Jordan out to do anything? Anyway, such a blatant lie, but hey, that’s part of the mystique of Michael Jordan.”