Grant accused Jordan of lying in ‘The Last Dance’

ESPN’s 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance, offered a fascinating look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

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The show presented new details, stories and insight about Jordan and what it was like to play with (and against) the Bulls legend. It was an entertaining 10-hour dive into NBA nostalgia, but it was also decidedly pro-Michael Jordan in almost every sense. Even Jordan’s often-abrasive treatment of his teammates was presented as Jordan Doing What It Takes To Win.

The conclusion of the documentary had former Bulls teammate Horace Grant — who was basically accused in the doc of leaking stories to sportswriter Sam Smith for his book — calling out The Last Dance as a piece of fiction this week.

Grant said in an interview with Kap and Co. on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, via ESPN:

“Lie, lie, lie. … If MJ had a grudge with me, let’s settle this like men. 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.”

He went on to say that anything negative about Jordan was edited out of the series:

“I would say [it was] entertaining, but we know, who was there as teammates, that about 90 percent of it — I don’t know if I can say it on air, but B.S. in terms of the realness of it. It wasn’t real — because a lot of things [Jordan] said to some of his teammates, that his teammates went back at him. But all of that was kind of edited out of the documentary, if you want to call it a documentary.”

Despite agreeing to participate in the documentary, Grant said that he hadn’t spoke with Jordan in three years.

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