Was Michael Jordan actually hungover for famous 'flu game'?
 Scottie Pippen (right) helped Michael Jordan (left) off the court during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. MCT/Sipa USA  

Was Michael Jordan actually hungover for famous 'flu game'?

The true story of Michael Jordan's epic and legendary "flu game" during the 1997 NBA Finals may never be uncovered.

Or at least that's what some still believe.

During episode 9 of the ESPN docuseries "The Last Dance," Jordan and Tim Grover, Jordan's trainer, explained that about with food poisoning plagued the six-time champion before and during Game 5 of the Finals. Despite battling flu-like symptoms, Jordan scored 38 points and drained a clutch three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining to guide the Bulls to a 90-88 victory.

Not everybody buys the story.

As noted by Bleacher Report in February 2013, former player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose once allegedly suggested Jordan was hungover that fateful evening in Utah. Per Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News added fuel to the fire with some controversial tweets on the matter:

A fun tidbit from a source I asked about the Flu Game. The source was told from a Jazz staffer on the night of Game 5 something along the lines of: "Flu my ass. The Bulls' PR guy just said Jordan was in Vegas all night and he was hung over."

As Feldman wrote, Jordan publicly discussed taking a trip to Atlantic City with his father during the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals versus the New York Knicks, so a mid-Finals excursion to Vegas wouldn't have been out of character for His Airness. It's also no secret Jordan enjoyed gambling and some cold beverages after games.

Whatever the truth is, it merely adds to Jordan's legacy. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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