CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving blamed bed bugs — not the flu bug — for knocking him out of Sunday’s game in Oklahoma City.
The Cavaliers star guard said following Monday’s loss to Detroit that he left the nationally televised game against the Thunder after playing just 9 minutes because he was “freaked out” and tired after he was bitten on the head by bed bugs.
The Cavaliers stayed in the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
According to ESPN.com, a hotel spokesperson confirmed that there were bed bugs found 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.”
The team said Irving was bothered by flu-like symptoms, but Irving said he got only three hours’ sleep after he saw five bugs on his pillow.
“I felt alright. Our team said I was out with flu-like symptoms. It was honestly from the bed bugs from the freakin’ Hilton that we stayed at,” Irving said.
He spent the rest of the night on a couch in his room.
“I didn’t get any sleep. We came into the game and I was, like, freaked out and then I started feeling nauseous,” Irving said. “It was a whole bunch of B.S. honestly.”
“My back was tight. It was, just, it was a long night two nights ago. I just wanted to get back home to Cleveland,” Irving said.
Without Irving for most of the game, the Cavs beat the Thunder 115-92.
Irving said he felt better Monday, when he scored a team-high 30 points in Cleveland’s 96-88 loss to the Pistons.