After Kyrie Irving left Sunday’s Cavaliers-Thunder game in the third quarter, the Cleveland guard was described as having suffered from flu-like symptoms. However, we learned Monday that the Cleveland guard had been plagued by something much worse: bedbugs.
Irving shed light on his uncomfortable night in Oklahoma City, one that resulted in more itching than sleeping, after he scored 30 points in the Cavs’ home win over the Pistons on Monday. The kicker? The hotel in which Irving was so tormented is widely reputed to be haunted.
The 105-year-old Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City is said to feature the spectral activities of “Effie the Housekeeper.” According to lore, she was involved in an ill-fated affair with the hotel’s original owner in 1930, and she eventually killed herself and the couple’s child by leaping from an upper-floor window.
Since then, Effie has pulled spooky stunts on members of the Lakers, Knicks, Bulls and other visiting NBA teams, at least by their accounts. But in Irving’s case, he could only wish that his nocturnal visitors were mere apparitions.
“Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin’ five, big a– bedbugs just sitting on your pillow,” Irving said (via Ohio.com). “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.”
Irving said he got three hours’ sleep at most, even after moving to a couch in his room. He claimed that some of his teammates were also affected, although he was the only one who couldn’t actually get through Sunday’s game.
“It is what it is. I feel like I got the worst of it,” Irving said. “I wound up sleeping on the couch, [and] waking up my back was tight. It was a long night.”
According to NewsOK, a manager at the Skirvin said that the hotel is not infested with parasitic insects, but rather that they were isolated in one room, presumably the one belonging to Irving. “Unfortunately, every hotel at some point or the other has a case of the bedbugs,” the manager said.
It certainly was unfortunate for Irving, although perhaps it could have been worse, depending on how he feels about ghosts. Now it just remains to be seen if he or any of the other Cavs brought some very unwelcome stowaways back with them from their road trip.