Pizza Hut employee who delivered pizza to Michael Jordan calls poisoning theory a 'bunch of crap'

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A former Pizza Hut assistant manager is giving Michael Jordan a "pizza" his mind.

On Sunday night's "The Last Dance," it was revealed that Michael Jordan's infamous Flu Game during the 1997 NBA Finals was actually the Food Poisoning Game, with Jordan heaving overnight after eating a bad pizza from a local pizza joint.

The story goes: Five guys (five guys?) delivered a pizza to Jordan late at night, and the pizza supposedly did not agree with him. Well, the former assistant manager of said Park City Pizza Hut who made and delivered the pizza to Jordan offered a few slices of truth in an interview with Jake Scott and Gordon Monson of 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City.

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In summation, Craig Fite calls the story and conspiracy theory of the pizza being poisoned a "bunch of crap." Fite maintains that he followed all the necessary precautions prior to the delivery of the pizza: washing his hands, taking extra care of the curation and creation of the pizza and even leaving the store while being acting manager (a big no-no) while hand-delivering the pizza himself, alongside another employee.

So, there were not five employees delivering a single pizza, at least per Fite's account.

"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.

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Fite, who said he was hired a few weeks earlier as an assistant manager, claims that everyone knew who the pizza was being delivered to, but not specifically who. After realizing the pizza was likely being delivered to Jordan, Fite took all the necessary precautions to make sure the pizza was up to snuff. He also said he was angling to become a manager of a Pizza Hut location, so he wasn't in the business of poisoning anybody.

Fite said he got a peek at Jordan in his room, and saw him playing cards at the time of the delivery. Jordan gave the delivery crew a wave in thanks, Fite said. That's as far as the exchange went, Fite said, after venturing through security checkpoints en route to the hotel room.

"I'm 100 percent certain it wasn't food poisoning," Fite said. "Or, it wasn't that pizza."

Fite said that the thin-crust pepperoni pizza is hard to get food poisoning from, and that others he spoke to who also had pizza deliveries that evening did not get food poisoning from the pizza.

"The Last Dance" docuseries has certainly painted Jordan and a lot of the stories surrounding his career in a mythological light, with the Food Poisoning Game now at the forefront of more conspiracy theories. There's … mushroom for debate, after all.

With this story coming to light and Jordan putting forth a legendary game, maybe it proves that at least one person can out-pizza the Hut.

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