Leaked audio suggests Michael Jordan refused to play in 1992 Olympics with Isiah Thomas

Recording suggests that Jordan was not telling the truth in his ESPN documentary regarding the depths of his rivalry with the Piston All-Star

Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls stands on the court during a playoff game against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz won the game 104-93. 6 Jun 1997. (Photo: Brian Bahr /Allsport)

Micheal Jordan may have starred in the most-watched original documentary in ESPN’s history, but a new recording has put one of the claims he makes in The Last Dance into question: specifically regarding his ongoing feud with Isiah Thomas.

During the 10 part docu-series, Jordan said that he didn’t have any personal involvement in Thomas being omitted from being a member of the legendary 1992 Olympics Dream Team.

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But according to TMZ, audio has surfaced from an old interview in which the NBA supernova actually admits he told Olympics selection committee member Rod Thorn that he wouldn’t take part in that year’s games if Thomas made the team.

“Rod Thorn called me. I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘You know what? Chuck [Chuck Daly] doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team.'”


A feud festered between the two basketball players after Thomas — in a moment that many considered to be poor sportsmanship — along with the other members of the Pistons refused to shake hands with Jordan after the Chicago Bulls won in the ’91 NBA Playoffs.

When the tables were turned, Jordan always showed teams who defeated him the respect of a handshake. Having Thomas dismiss the good-natured tradition felt like a pointed sign of disrespect.

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During the docu-series Thomas not only addressed the snub that made headlines, but he also admitted that he felt “personally hurt” that he was not asked to be a part of that legendary ’92 dream team given he met all the criteria. He also opined that he felt it extreme that his spot in history was taken from him all because he didn’t shake Michael Jordan’s hand.

To Jordan’s credit, he mentioned in the documentary that he was only one of many players on that year’s team who had an issue with Thomas and even this latest recording alludes to that fact as well.

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