Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving only played a few minutes of the Cavs' blowout win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with what the team called flu-like symptoms, but Irving said it was something else.
"It was honestly from the bed bugs from the frickin' Hilton that we stayed at," Irving told the media after Cleveland's loss to the Pistons on Monday. "As you can see, I got it at the top of my head. It's just like bed bugs and I didn't get any sleep. We came into the game, then I was freaked out, then I started feeling nauseous, so it was just a whole bunch of B.S., honestly.
"But it is what it is. I feel like I got the worst of it. I wound up sleeping on the couch, [and] waking up, my back was tight. It was a long night two nights ago. I just wanted to get back home to Cleveland. I got three hours [of sleep]. Just imagine how freaked out you'd be if you saw friggin' five, big-ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow. I woke up itching, and I'm just looking around, and I'm like, 'Are you serious right now?' It was 3 a.m., and I was so tired at that point. It was, whatever."
The Cavaliers stayed at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, where most teams stay when they play in Oklahoma City, and a spokesperson from the hotel confirmed to ESPN that they did have a bed bug problem over the weekend - but only in Irving's room.
"Unfortunately, every hotel occasionally has a case of bed bugs. This is one of those cases where a guest did bring in bed bugs to this particular room, and it was reported to us, fortunately, and we responded immediately and put the room out of order and all of the surrounding rooms to be inspected by a professional company.
"We actually had the company come out first thing [Monday] morning, and we found it was an isolated case in the one room, and we're taking the necessary steps to remediate the problem."
Irving is averaging 18.8 points and 4.3 assists per game so far this season.Back to the Cleveland Cavaliers Newsfeed