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Was Kobe Bryant Poisoned By The New Jersey Mob During 2002 NBA Finals?

Similar to Michael Jordan's case, there were rumours that late LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was poisoned during the 2002 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets.

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A highlight of the last two episodes of The Last Dance was the famous 'Flu Game'. The documentary revealed that Michael Jordan actually had food poisoning because of the pizza he ate the night before. Twitter users debated over the information, some unable to believe that Jordan ate the entire pizza himself. Jordan's entourage, which included his trainer Tim Grover, apparently believed that the pizza had been tampered with.

Similar to Jordan's case, there were rumours that late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was poisoned during the 2002 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets. However, Bryant and the Lakers won the series. Fans took to social media to ask whether Kobe Bryant was poisoned during the 2002 NBA Finals. ESPN's Darren Rovell also shared a newspaper clipping of the Kobe Bryant poisoned rumour during the 2002 NBA Finals. 

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Was Kobe Bryant poisoned by the New Jersey mob before the 2002 NBA Finals?

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Was Kobe Bryant poisoned in 2002?

The 2002 article shared by Rovell talks about Bryant being poisoned via the 'infamous' bacon cheeseburger he ordered while he was staying at the Sacramento Hyatt. The rumour was apparently started after a caller said the same on an LA talk show. As per an employee working at the hotel, people kept calling to ask questions about the burger.

Rovell added that the local health department looked into the issue, but did not find anything amiss. He explained that when there is some problem with the food and many people fall sick. That night the hotel reportedly delivered 1700 dishes, which included 300 hamburgers. He even clarified that the burger was delivered to Bryant's room.

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti was apparently sure that the burger was poisoned. As per Vitti, Bryant started vomiting and had diarrhoea five-six hours after he ate the burger. Vitti said that Bryant had wanted to eat Mexican but ended up cancelling the plan as he did not want to fall sick. He added that the New Jersey mob was apparently behind the poisoned burger. 

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