Michael Jordan accused of a 'blatant lie' in 'The Last Dance' final episode

Michael Jordan has been accused of telling a ‘blatant lie’ during the final episode of ‘The Last Dance’.

The Netflix documentary detailing Jordan’s glittering career with the Chicago Bulls has been a huge hit.

But Sam Smith, the author of ‘The Jordan Rules’ and the former Chicago Tribune writer, has taken exception to Jordan’s claim that he, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and coach Phil Jackson would have signed a one-year contracts for the 1998-99 season if owner Jerry Reinsdorf had made an offer.

Instead, Jordan retired that year, while the Bulls underwent a major rebuild with Jackson, Pippen and Rodman also leaving the team.

‘That was a complete and blatant lie by Michael,’ Smith, who featured in ‘The Last Dance’ documentary, told 95.7’s ‘The Game’.

‘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 also called Jordan’s claims surrounding the ‘Flu Game’ in the 1997 NBA Finals ‘complete nonsense’.

Jordan had claimed in ‘The Last Dance’ that a poisoned pizza was responsible for his illness before Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

‘The pizza thing… the poison, that was complete nonsense,’ said Smith.

‘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 saying he would return for the 1998-99 season] was a complete, blatant lie.’

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