Friday, October 22, 2021

Utah Man Who Made Pizza for Michael Jordan Denies Tainting Food

Michael Jordan

*The Utah man who delivered a pizza to Michael Jordan prior to Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals is speaking out against claims that the food had been tainted.

Jordan blamed food poisoning for his illness during the game (famously known as the “flu game”). His trainer Tim Grover claims he had a bad feeling about the five guys who delivered the pizza,  which MJ’s personal assistant, George Koehler, co-signed in ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary.

However, in a revealing interview on 1280 The Zone, Craig Fite, an assistant manager of a Pizza Hut in Park City, Utah, claims he personally made and delivered the pizza to Jordan and rejects accusations that he spiked the meal, CBS reports

“The crap story the guy said, that there was five people, there was two of us — and I didn’t even have that many people working at the time at the store — but there was two of us,” Fite said, via Yahoo. “… I followed all the rules. At the time I was trying to impress the store manager there.

“I remember saying this: ‘I will make the pizza, because I don’t want any of you doing anything to it.’ And then I told the driver, you’re going to take me there.”

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Fite even remembers exactly what kind of pizza MJ ordered over 20 years later.

“It’s a thin crust pepperoni pizza,” he said. “It’s tough to get food poisoning off a pizza unless of course you add something to it, but that didn’t happen because sure as heck it didn’t leave my hands.”

Fite also noted that only he and the driver went up to the floor of the hotel where the Bulls players were staying.

“As soon as the [elevator] door opened, it was like I got punched in the face with cigar smoke,” Fite recalls. He even got to speak briefly with Jordan, who looked up from his card game to say, “Thanks, man.” 

But with accusations that the “Flu Game” was all his doing, Fite is firing back with his version of what really went down that night.

“Did you get it diagnosed? Did you go to the doctor? All this is innuendo on their part,” he said. “One thing I remind everybody is, he was smoking so many cigars. They had windows open. He didn’t have a shirt on or he was in a tank top. At around 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon in Park City, the sun is gone behind that mountain so it gets colder up there.”

Listen below to Fite’s account via the player below.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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