Horace Grant accuses 'snitch' Michael Jordan of lying in 'The Last Dance': 'Let's settle this like men'
Grant, Jordan's teammate on three NBA championships from 1991-93, was not impressed with his portrayal in Netflix docu-series
‘The Last Dance’ documenting Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 season is a miniseries that dropped on Netflix and ESPN in April. Soon after its release, the 10-part docu-series received great television ratings and strong reviews. However, it seems not everyone is happy with the way they have been depicted in the series. Horace Grant, the former Bulls’ forward who was a teammate of Jordan on three NBA championships from 1991-93, is not impressed with the portrayal of his character as he accused Jordan of lying in the “so-called documentary”. He also challenged the 57-year-old to “settle this like men”.
Speaking with radio station ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Grant claimed that Jordan’s allegation in the series that he leaked much of the locker room information in Sam Smith’s infamous 1992 ‘The Jordan Rules’ book was false. “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),” the 54-year-old told the radio station. “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?" Grant said.
In the interview, Grant claimed that Jordan can hold a grudge for decades. To substantiate this claim, he gave an example, saying Jordan and Charles Barkley were once close friends for over three decades. However, when Barkley criticized Jordan’s decision-making as the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, the friendship faded and the two are no longer on talking terms.
“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. And my point is, he said that I was the snitch, but yet and still after 35 years he brings up his rookie year going into one of his teammates’ rooms and seeing coke, and weed and women,” the four-time champion with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers stated, adding: “My point is: Why the hell did he want to bring that up? What’s that got to do with anything? I mean, if you want to call somebody a snitch, that’s a damn snitch right there.”
Later in the conversation with the radio station, Grant claimed that “90 percent” of ‘The Last Dance’ was “B.S. in terms of the realness of it”. He also said that unlike other players in the team who were portrayed in the documentary, he did not let Jordan bully him. “It wasn’t real - because a lot of things he 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.
“He felt that he could dominate me, but that was sadly mistaken. Because whenever he went at me, I went at him right back. But in terms of Will Perdue, Steve Kerr and the young man, Scott Burrell, that was heartbreaking,” Grant said.
At the end of the interview, Grant also questioned why ‘The Last Dance’ was called a documentary when it heavily relied on Jordan and his associates’ input and influence. “When that so-called documentary is about one person, basically, and he has the last word on what’s going to be put out there ... it’s not a documentary. It’s his narrative of what happens in the last, quote-unquote, dance. That’s not a documentary, because a whole bunch of things was cut out, edited out. So that’s why I call it a so-called documentary,” Grant pointed out.