‘He Doesn’t Deserve To Eat’ – Michael Jordan Took Horace Grant’s Plane Food Away After Bad Games

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‘He Doesn’t Deserve To Eat’ – Michael Jordan Took Horace Grant’s Plane Food Away After Bad Games


Seventeen-year NBA veteran Horace Grant was known as a rebounding-machine power forward who won four championships alongside the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal. He was also remembered as one to rock 1980’s/90’s style goggles throughout his career.

From the day he made his professional debut with the Chicago Bulls in 1987, Grant didn’t need corrective eyewear on the court, until the team’s ophthalmologist realized his patient’s vision was failing him in 1992. From then on, Grant donned thick, white, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-like goggles, a move that concerned Bulls fans over their hard-nosed forward’s health.

But after his career, Grant revealed he did not need the goggles for the second portion of his career, but kept wearing them to support children who may have been made fun of for their own prescription glasses or eyewear.

This great person, player and teammate sometimes got to experience the darkest side of Michael Jordan. When Jordan’s killer-mentality carried him too far.

Sam Smith, writer of “The Jordan Rules,” who exposed Jordan’s dark side,  appeared on the Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks Podcast and revealed that Jordan would deprive Horace Grant of food after bad games.


“Players would come to me over the years and said, ‘You know what he did? He took Horace [Grant’s] food away on the plane because Horace had a bad game,'” Smith said. “[Michael] told the stewardesses ‘Don’t feed him, he doesn’t deserve to eat.'”

“They would tell me stuff like that and they’d say ‘Why don’t you write this?’ And I would say ‘Well I can’t write it unless you say it.’ I don’t do ‘league sources.’ You can’t do that kind of stuff on these kind of things. ‘If you want to be quoted I’ve got no problem with that.’ ‘No, no, no we can’t say that about Michael Jordan.'”


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