LOS ANGELES: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said it was bedbugs, not a flu bug, that caused him to miss most of a weekend game in Oklahoma City, prompting an apology Tuesday from the team’s hotel.
Irving played just nine minutes in Sunday’s win over the Thunder, with the team saying he was sidelined by “flu-like symptoms.”
But after Monday’s home loss to Detroit, Irving said he was actually sleep-deprived and sore after waking to find himself in a bedbug-infested room.
“Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin’ five, big bedbugs just sitting on your pillow,” Irving said, pointing to a bite on his head. “I woke up itching and I’m just looking around and I’m like, ‘Are you serious right now?’
“It was 3 am and I was so tired at that point.”
The Cavaliers, like many NBA teams who visit Oklahoma City, stayed in the Skirvin Hilton — an historic hotel built in 1911 and renovated in the 2000s.
“Unfortunately, every hotel occasionally has a case of bedbugs,” a Hilton spokesperson told ESPN.com.
“We actually had the [extermination]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.”
Back home in Cleveland Monday, Irving was feeling better, although his 30 points weren’t enough to lift the Cavaliers over the Pistons.