Scottie Pippen Claims Michael Jordan Made $10 Million Off ‘The Last Dance’ While His Teammates Got Nothing: Michael Jordan Would Never Have Been Who He Is Without Us
Scottie Pippen is slamming The Last Dance in his upcoming memoir!
As you may recall, a docuseries following Michael Jordan‘s final season with the Chicago Bulls–The Last Dance–premiered on Netflix last year. Shortly after the hit series’ release, reports circulated that Scottie Pippen was left “wounded and disappointed”, claiming he was portrayed as being “underpaid and frustrated.”
Over a year later, Scottie Pippen publicly slammed the docuseries as being inauthentic:
“I don’t think it was that accurate in terms of really defining what was accomplished in one of the greatest eras of basketball, but also by two of the greatest players–and one could even put that aside and say the greatest team of all time. I didn’t think those things stood out in the documentary. I thought it was more about Michael trying to uplift himself and to be glorified.”
He also said of the series, which was co-produced by Jordan’s Jump 23 company:
“I think it also backfired to some degree in that people got a chance to see what kind of personality Michael had.”
Now, Scottie Pippen is continuing to dish on The Last Dance and critique Michael Jordan. Earlier today (Tuesday, Nov. 2nd), an excerpt of the former NBA star’s upcoming memoir–Unguarded–was released. In the brief snippet, Scottie Pippen first relays his initial reaction to watching The Last Dance:
“As I watched the doc at home in Southern California with my three teenage boys, I couldn’t believe my eyes… I was nothing more than a prop. His ‘best teammate of all time,’ [Michael Jordan] called me. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried.”
“Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his teammates secondary, smaller, the message no different from when he referred to us back then as his ‘supporting cast.’ From one season to the next, we received little or no credit whenever we won but the bulk of the criticism when we lost. Michael could shoot 6 for 24 from the field, commit 5 turnovers, and he was still, in the minds of the adoring press and public, the Errorless Jordan. Now here I was, in my mid-fifties, seventeen years since my final game, watching us being demeaned once again. Living through it the first time was insulting enough.”
He then writes that numerous other teammates were bothered by The Last Dance due to their contributions being largely unacknowledged:
“Over the next few weeks, I spoke to a number of my former teammates who each felt as disrespected as I did. How dare Michael treat us that way after everything we did for him and his precious brand. Michael Jordan would never have been Michael Jordan without me, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, B. J. Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue, and Bill Wennington. I apologize to anyone I’ve left out.”
Scottie Pippen then blasted Michael Jordan for allegedly receiving $10 million from the docuseries while the rest of the team didn’t receive any compensation:
“To make things worse, Michael received $10 million for his role in the doc while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime, another reminder of the pecking order from the old days. For an entire season, we allowed cameras into the sanctity of our locker rooms, our practices, our hotels, our huddles…our lives.”
Unguarded is available for pre-order and will be released next Tuesday, Nov. 9th.
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