Kyrie Irving says bed bugs at OKC hotel led to his flu-like symptoms

After playing nine minutes in the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving left the game and did not return. At the time, the team said that Irving was experiencing flu-like symptoms but after playing against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, the Cavs guard told reporters that he felt ill on Sunday because he was bitten by bed bugs.

According to Irving, his hotel room in Oklahoma City was infested by bed bugs and when he tried to play against the Thunder, he felt nauseated due to a lack of sleep.

"I felt all right," Irving told reporters via Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon. "Our team said I was out with flu-like symptoms. It was honestly from the bed bugs at the frickin Hilton that we stayed at. 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 BS honestly. Coming into today I got a lot of rest and felt better."

That's right bed bugs forced Irving out of his team's victory over the Thunder. Not the flu. It was bed bugs!

And these weren't small bed bugs either.

Most NBA teams stay at The Skirvin Hilton, which has a stellar 4.5 rating on Trip Advisor and none of the reviews have any mention of bed bugs. But The Oklahoman's Erik Horne contacted the Skirvin and they confirmed that Irving's room did have bed bugs:

Jessica Dustin, Director of Rooms for The Skirvin Hilton, said the bed bugs were reported on Sunday morning. Dustin said inspectors confirmed that the infestation was isolated to one room, which will be out of commission for “several weeks” after multiple treatments.

“Unfortunately, every hotel at some point or the other has a case of the bed bugs,” Dustin said Monday night. “We were fortunate enough that he did report it to us immediately."

Dustin would not disclose the floor of the contamination.

“We were very fortunate we were coming off a lower occupancy,” Dustin said. “We took the necessary steps to remedy the situation.”

Yikes! Bed bugs are no joke and take exhaustive methods to get rid off. So let's hope Irving and the entire Cavs team took the proper steps to rid themselves of any bed bugs.

In the end, the Cavs were able to defeat the Thunder without Irving and then after a good night's sleep he was able to finish with 30 points and five assists in a loss to the Pistons on Monday.

Kyrie points to his bed bug bites.
Kyrie points to his bed bug bites. (Cavs TV)
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