Horace Grant Calls Michael Jordan A ‘Snitch’, Claims ESPN Last Dance Doc ‘Wasn’t Real’

After five weeks of light jabs thrown his way as the world would watch ESPN’s Last Dance, Horace Grant has seemingly had enough. The former Bulls star went off in an interview with Kap and Company, a show on Chicago’s ESPN 1000, on a variety of topics around the network’s biggest documentary ever.

Horace Grant on accusations of him being a source for Sam Smith’s The Jordan Rules book:

“Lie, lie, lie. … If MJ had a grudge with me, let’s settle this like men,” Grant said during the interview. “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?

“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.”

Grant on Michael Jordan being the real snitch after he revealed walking in on former teammates’ hotel room parties with drugs and girls:

“[M]y 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 teammate’s 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.”

Grant on MJ’s treatment of other teammates:

“He felt that he could dominate me, but that was sadly mistaken,” Grant said. “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.”

Grant on the rumored story of MJ taking food away from him on a team flight:

“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. 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.”

Grant on the entirety of the Last Dance documentary:

“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,” Grant said. “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.”

Despite all of the bad blood that leaps off the page in the interview, Horace Grant said that Jordan had sent him a pair of autographed shoes for one of his charities. That adds to Grant’s confusion over why Jordan wouldn’t air any of his grievances man-to-man. Grant claims the last time the two talked was over text three years ago in a discussion about golf but he expect things would be perfectly fine if they crossed paths.

“If I see him today, we would hopefully pay our respects to each other because we went through three championships together,” Grant said in the interivew. “But if not, believe me, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”

Grant raises some valid points about how Jordan is lionized in the documentary while he also provided notes on it during its production process. It’s hard to not come off as having sour grapes if you’re Horace Grant, even if he’s completely justified in the representation of the team’s perspective rather than just Michael Jordan’s. But there’s only one reason that there’s a ten part documentary that he’s a part of. And it’s not because of Horace Grant’s cool goggles.

At the end of the day, The Last Dance is a reminder of one unbeatable idiom: History is written by the victors. And there was no victor greater in NBA history than Michael Jordan. Even when you were on the same team as him.

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