Ex-Bulls Guard Has A Lot Of Problems With 'The Last Dance' Documentary

The Last Dance, a new docuseries produced by Netflix, chronicles the last year of Michael Jordan's time playing on the Chicago Bulls. The ESPN collaboration has been a massive success as the sports outlet says: "It's a documentary about one of the greatest teams of all time, the 1997-98 Bulls, with Jordan as a leading character."

What's so remarkable about the docuseries is the amount of unlimited access the cameras got. According to ESPN, Adam Silver, the NBA's commissioner, knew how difficult it would be to breach walls of privacy in order to document the Chicago Bulls: "That meant more than postgame interviews and home videos of championship runs. To do something more, [Silver] would have to convince the best team in the league and the best player in the league to let cameras into their inner sanctum."

It worked, of course, but only because Silver offered Jordan total control and that, according to the sports outlet, was something the NBA superstar absolutely wanted.

Jordan finally agreed to move forward with the project, all the while controlling the narrative, and the result is exquisite. But there's one tiny problem. Jordan wasn't the only person documented and other Bulls players are really upset about their own portrayal in the docuseries. Plus, some are feeling left out because they weren't asked for their thoughts, especially the former Bulls guard, Craig Hodges.

Why is Craig Hodges so upset?

While fans and audiences might be loving The Last Dance, some of Michael Jordan's former teammates aren't happy with their portrayal in the new docuseries. One person who is especially upset is former Bulls guard, Craig Hodges. He spoke up in a recent interview on The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker of Fox Sports Radio and said what was alarming to him, according to CBS Sports.

Hodges played with Jordan in Chicago from 1988-1992, per the outlet, so he was around for everything Jordan spoke about. Hodges said he didn't like how Jordan called the Bulls team a "cocaine circus" when he was first drafted.

According to Black Sports Online, Hodges said: "One of the things as players we call this a fraternity." He continued: "So I'm watching the first episode and I was upset about the 'cocaine circus.' That bothered me because I was thinking about the brothers who are on that picture with you who have to explain to their families who are getting ready to watch this great Michael Jordan documentary event and they know you're on the team, and now you've got to explain that to a 12-year-old boy."

Yikes! That's a fair point.

Michael Jordan called Scottie Pippen "selfish"

In The Last Dance, Michael Jordan got really candid about life on the Chicago Bulls and spoke about other players too, giving details that some people might have preferred to be left out.

Craig Hodges, in an interview on The Odd Couple, said he didn't like how Jordan said it was "selfish" of Scottie Pippen to schedule his surgery in 1997 while they were in a "contract dispute with the front office." Hodges was also upset that Jordan blamed Horace Grant for leaking info to the media and this same content was "reflected in Sam Smith's book, The Jordan Rules."

According to CBS Sports, Hodges said: "Then the Scottie Pippen part. Scottie was 'selfish'. C'mon man, c'mon. And then last night with Horace, that hurt me. I'm letting MJ know that that ain't right, dude. Horace did not deserve to take the fall for 'Jordan Rules.'"

Hodges added: "If MJ knows something else and knows Horace's motive, then tell us how Horace did it for my sake, because I'm your teammate brother, just like they are," (via Black Sports Online.) 

That wasn't the only grievance though. There was more that was upsetting to Hodges.

Craig Hodges was upset he wasn't interviewed

Now that The Last Dance is making waves on Netflix, former teammates of Michael Jordan are coming forward to offer their take on the docuseries and add some voices to the conversation. One such person is former Chicago Bulls guard, Craig Hodges, who was upset about things Jordan said that put the whole team in a bad light.

While being interviewed on The Odd Couple, Hodges added one final grievance that was really upsetting to him: no one interviewed him for the docuseries. He said: "I'm kind of salty how everybody got interviewed but me," according to CBS Sports. To be fair, that would be a big blow and Hodges is probably feeling pretty left out.

While the world seems to be enamored with Jordan, especially after the release of The Last Dance, Hodges clearly doesn't share everyone's positive view of Jordan and is offering a different, more gritty perspective of the NBA star people have come to idolize.