During Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, Jeff Van Gundy told a downright shocking story about O.J. Simpson's notorious slow-speed highway chase of June 1994.
Van Gundy, a former coach in the league, and now an ESPN color commentator, shared a secondhand account about how Al Cowlings, a former teammate of Simpson who was driving the SUV, told Pat Riley in the summer of 1994 that O.J. wanted him to slow his Ford Bronco down during the infamous chase so that he could hear the waning minutes of Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals.
Within minutes, the internet went crazy as Van Gundy's story managed to overshadow the current 2016 Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
But is the insane story true?
The New York Daily News grabbed hold of Van Gundy over the weekend in an attempt to get some answers.
“I said it and never gave it a second thought [Friday] night,” Van Gundy told the New York City tabloid. "I'm always asked, 'Is the story true?' I have no idea. But that is what Pat was told."
JVG was responding to the hysteria that the internet took to his story with, which was perhaps heightened by ESPN's O.J. Made in America documentary, which debuted the following night, this past Saturday.
Simpson's notorious slow-speed highway chase on June 17, 1994, actually interrupted Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. Riley was the head coach of the Knicks at the time with Van Gundy serving as his assistant.
As Van Gundy proceeded to tell viewers during Game 4 of these Finals on Friday night, Riley was allegedly stopped at a car detailing shop by Cowlings during the summer of 1994. At that point, Cowlings allegedly told Riley that Simpson ordered him to drive slow, despite being chased by police, just so that he could catch the closing minutes of that Game 5 of the 1994 Finals.
Listen to Van Gundy's chilling account below.
Remember, O.J. was declared a fugitive at the time of the chase, which paved the way for the Trial of the Century double-murder case. If this shocking story is true, then he only had Cowlings stop the Bronco...after listening to Game 5 of that series between the Knicks and Rockets.
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