That One Time Michael Jordan Sucker Punched Will Perdue
By now, most of us have heard the story of Michael Jordan punching teammate Steve Kerr in the face during a Chicago Bulls practice. Now, thanks to retired baller Horace Grant, we know Kerr wasn’t MJ’s only victim. During an interview on Hot 97, Grant revealed that Jordan sucker punched center, Will Perdue.
“Our practices were so intense because Phil [Jackson], the mastermind behind everything, would put MJ on the second team,” Grant shared. “Me and Scottie [Pippen] would be on the first team and being competitive like he was, man, unreal, unreal. Of course punches got thrown, many fights. I’m just so happy that social media wasn’t [around] back then.”
Grant also talked specifically about the time that MJ went toe-to-toe with Chicago center Will Perdue. MJ got the better of him, but it wasn’t because Perdue couldn’t fight. Rather, it was because MJ’s teammates weren’t going to allow anyone to lay a finger on the best player in the NBA.
“I hate to tell the story…Will and I are still good friends,” he said. “Typical Phil, we run this play and Will set an illegal pick on MJ and MJ said, ‘Will, don’t do that again.’ ‘Whatcha talking about?’ That’s Will. MJ says, ‘Alright.’ Phil says, ‘Run it again.’ So naturally, we run it two more times, illegal pick. MJ walks up to Will—boom. Lit him up. It was over. We grabbed Will. You’re not going to hurt MJ. MJ can take care of himself. The next day on the plane, Will gets on with this huge shiner.”
Jordan is also rumored to have punched Jud Buechler, and got into a fist fight with Reggie Miller. Flip the page to see video of that classic scrap.
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