Horace Grant Claps Back At MJ

Landing some hammerfists on Jordan's doc.

Jim Rome
May 20, 2020 - 9:13 am
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Thanks to The Last Dance and also partially due to the lack of live sports right now, there has been a lot of fawning over Michael Jordan in the last five weeks. And probably more than a little revisionist history. But it’s Mike; and there’s no doubt, he’s earned a lot of that lot and run. It was an amazing era and cool to roll down memory over the last five weeks. I enjoyed it. So don’t get it twisted.

But not everyone loved it. And at least one guy is sick of it. That guy is Horace Grant. A Jordan teammate. A Jordan teammate who helped him win the first three rings. Horace is pissed and went on a Chicago radio show yesterday and absolutely unloaded on Jordan and the documentary.

Grant’s pissed for a number or reasons starting with Jordan swerving way out of his way to say Grant was the main source for Sam Smith’s famous, “The Jordan Rules.” That’s on Grant’s personal ‘reasons to go’:

“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?”

And Grant answers his own question: "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."

I get that Jordan carries a grudge like no one else: but why is grudging so hard against a teammate…a teammate that he went to battle with. A teammate helped him win three rings. And not just carrying a grudge, but according to Grant, carrying a grudge and looking to completely discredit the dude; and destroy his character. That’s good. That’s strong. But it’s about to get even better and even stronger.

Grant says that Jordan is the last guy who should be calling out other guys

 “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. 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."

He's got a helluva point doesn’t he? I’m a snitch?! Did you just call me a snitch?  Actually, you’re the damn snitch, Mike. After five weeks of Jordan hype, Horace Grant strapped on the goggles, grabbed a sledgehammer, and started doing work.

The way Grant sees it, Jordan is claiming that Grant is a snitch in a documentary series where he’s doing snitching of his own.

You’re lying about me being a snitch and you’re doing that after you’ve run an entire team under the bus for something that happened a decade and a half before the season that is supposed to be the focus of the documentary?

You’re saying I went to the media with private information about the team? You’re sitting on camera running your mouth on private information about the team? You’re wanting to accuse me of airing dirty laundry, you are doing the exact same thing, about a team that had nothing to do with the actual team in this series, and you’re doing to get some run for your doc and make yourself look good. 

Horace has a very good question. Why go there?

Why tell everyone about the drugs and women that your teammates had in their hotel rooms nearly four decades ago? Well, other than to have a line or a soundbite to promote the doc. And to remind everyone how great you are, how jacked up the Bulls were when you arrived and how much credit you deserve for turning the franchise around.  

It is one hell of an interview. And Grant wasn’t done. After absorbing some shots during the series, he was on top of Jordan and he was landing hammer fists.

And in case you didn’t notice, Grant didn’t think too much of the series, at least not in the sense that it is an accurate record of what actually went down:

 "I would say [it was] entertaining, but we know, who was there as teammates, that about 90% 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."

In particular, Grant was calling B.S. on the idea that Jordan’s teammates never pushed back. The way Grant tells it, guys did push back. Ask Horace, the guys who pushed back didn’t make it into the doc. And the only guys who didn’t push back were the ones who couldn’t and those were the guys Jordan went after the most.

"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 [to watch]. To see a guy, a leader, to go at those guys like that. I understand in terms of practicing, you have a push and shove here and there, but outright punching and things of that nature. And calling them the B's and the h's; that wasn't called for."

And then Grant was asked about the story that Jordan told a flight attendant not to give Grant a meal after he had what Jordan thought was a bad game. Grant said some of that happened, but not the way everyone thinks.

"Anybody [who] knows me, as a rookie, if anybody comes up and tries to snatch my food away, I'm going to do my best to beat their ass," Grant said. "And believe me, back then, I could have took MJ in a heartbeat. Yes, it's true that he told the flight attendant, 'Well, don't give him anything because he played like crap.' And I went right back at him. I said some choice words that I won't repeat here. But I said some choice words and stood up. 'If you want it, you come and get it.' And of course, he didn't move. He was just barking. But that was the story.”

So according to Grant, not only did MJ try to deny him his food, but when Grant got into him about it and threatened bust his ass if tried to take food off his plate, Jordan didn’t do anything. He was all talk. If true, that actually makes Jordan look even worse than the original story.

Bad enough to try to deny a teammate food after a tough game, but to do it and then not back it up when he calls you out on it? Does that make you a bully? Or a punk? Or both? 

Again, this is a he-said, he-said thing, but after five weeks of Jordan getting his say, Grant wants to make sure he gets his. And had even more to say about the food on the plane. 

"But anybody [who] knows me, where I come from and what I stand for, come on, man. There's nobody in this earth would ever come and try to take food off my plate and not get their rear ends beaten."

He’s fired up. He’s channeling some Lamar Thomas and he’s about to get into an elevator. Or go down the aisle of the plane.

And Grant still wasn’t done talking about the airplane food incident. He had more when he was part of a Zoom call with Ron Harper, Bill Cartwright, and Craig Hodges, sponsored by Betonline.AG: "Let me clear something up about this food thing that he tried to take my food. I would have beat his ass, guys ... You come back and try to take my food? I would have whipped his ass. [There] wouldn't be no Air Jordan’s right now. It wouldn't be no six championships, I guarantee you that."

Damn. You want to take my food? Well come get it, tough guy. You can get this tray of airplane food and you can get these hands, too.

There is so much from Grant yesterday that I’m not going to be able to fit it all into one take. Because he’s got more to say about Scottie Pippen, Jordan’s relationships, and the series. But clearly, Horace and had enough of Mike and wanted to call bullcrap on what he was hearing. I guarantee he’s not the only one who was a part of those teams to think, but he was definitely the first one to say it.