Michael Jordan, Horace Grant disagree over snitching allegations
One of the more contentious moments of Sunday’s “The Last Dance” episode revolved around the internal information within the Chicago Bulls that was being leaked to the media, specifically “The Jordan Rules” author Sam Smith.
According to Michael Jordan himself, it was actually former teammate Horace Grant who was the snitch:
Michael Jordan says Horace Grant was the "Jordan Rules" player leak. Horace Grant denies pic.twitter.com/usFS7MVxQu
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) May 4, 2020
For his part, Grant categorically denied any and all allegations about passing information along to reporters. “The Last Dance” makes it clear that the former teammates are not on the same page on this one, and this particular issue remains unresolved to this very day.
It is also interesting how Grant’s alleged envy of Jordan’s unbridled stature had an adverse effect on how the former viewed Jordan. Moreover, it appears that this also gradually took its toll on Grant himself as a basketball player.
Grant parted ways with the Bulls in the summer of 1994, some seven years after Chicago selected him 10th overall in the 1987 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 big man was coming off an All-Star year (his one and only selection throughout his career), and he decided that his time with the Bulls was up after winning three titles with the team. He opted to sign as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, joining an up-and-coming superstar in Shaquille O’Neal.
Interestingly, Grant left Chicago prior to Jordan’s comeback in 1995. He was a part of the Magic team that beat the Bulls in the 1995 playoffs, though MJ’s squad got revenge in 1996.
Since Grant was no longer around during the second three-peat, he may have regretted that at one point in his life. Then again, he went on to win another championship (his fourth) with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001, so life wasn’t all the bad for Grant after parting ways with the Bulls.