Following the release of ESPN's acclaimed Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, numerous sources have alleged that there's been a rift between Scottie Pippen and His Airness. However, in a new interview with the Associated Press, Pippen claims he has no beef with the retired Chicago Bulls star.
After the Emmy-nominated series aired, CBS Sports claimed that Pippen was "beyond livid" with his portrayal, as compared to the glorified depiction of Jordan. The Last Dance dealt with the highs and lows of the Bulls' dynasty and MJ's final season. It also touched on Scottie Pippen's contract woes, his being underpaid, and depicted Scottie as Michael's sidekick.
"Why would I be offended by anything that happened 30 years ago?" Pippen said in a piece published Tuesday. "It didn’t bother me at all. It was an opportunity for our younger generation that hadn’t seen or knew anything about basketball in the ‘90s."
While Pippen is denying any inkling of bad blood between the players, other Bulls alumni are not as appeased by the documentary. Several players have spoken up to dispute Jordan's account of events. Notably, in the documentary, Jordan bluntly labeled Horace Grant as the snitch who leaked information to Sam Smith for the controversial Jordan Rules book.
"Lie, lie, lie. ... If MJ had a grudge with me, let's settle this like men," Grant responded in May. "Yet and still, he goes out and puts this lie out that I was the source behind [the book]. ... 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."