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Michael Jordan Accused Of Lying In Last Dance, By Author Who Appeared In The Documentary

Michael Jordan Accused Of Lying In Last Dance, By Author Who Appeared In The Documentary

Michael Jordan's Netflix documentary 'The Last Dance' has got everyone talking but, according to the author of a biography of the NBA legend, there's a couple of big lies in the show.

In the 10 part series Jordan, as well as several other key figures, tell the story of the Chicago Bulls 1998 season, as well as details of previous championship winning seasons and the making of MJ.

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At the end of the series Jordan suggested he was willing to go back for another season at the Bulls but Sam Smith, who featured on the documentary and wrote 'The Jordan Rules' in 1992 has claimed otherwise.

"That was a complete and blatant lie by Michael," Smith said on 95.7 The Game's 'Bonta, Steiny & Guru.

"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."

Smith, whose book caused controversy as players in the Bulls' squad accused each other of leaking locker room secrets, had issue with another story from the 1997 NBA Finals.

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Jordan, who won six championship rings, was ill ahead of Game Five against Utah Jazz in 97. Some claimed it was a hangover but in the show the player claimed it was food poisoning from a pizza he ate the night before.

That wasn't the case according to Smith, "The pizza thing - the poison - that was complete nonsense," the author added, "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."

Jordan, centre, and Pippen, second left, were almost unstoppable together. Image: PA Images
Jordan, centre, and Pippen, second left, were almost unstoppable together. Image: PA Images

The writer isn't the only person who appeared on the show who is unconvinced about everything that was said, with Jordan's former teammate Scottie Pippen angered at his portrayal.

The 54-year-old featured a lot and mainly came across well and was praised by Jordan but in episode two the Space Jam star called his teammate, and fellow legend, 'selfish' for letting a contract dispute get in the way of the team's success.

ESPN 1000's David Kaplan claimed Pippen was 'beyond livid,' He is so angry at Michael and how he was portrayed, called selfish, called this, called that, that he's furious that he participated and did not realize what he was getting himself into," Kaplan said on the Kap and Co radio show.

"[Pippen] felt like up until the last few minutes of Game 6 against the Jazz [in the 1998 NBA finals, during the series' last episode], it was just 'bash Scottie, bash Scottie, bash Scottie."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/ESPN

Topics: Basketball, Basketball News, TV News, NBA, nba news, sport news, Netflix, Michael Jordan

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