Hilton Hotels issued a statement Tuesday apologizing to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving for the bed bugs he encountered in one of their hotels.
“The comfort of our guests is a top priority, and we are very sorry to hear about Mr. Irving’s stay,” the statement said, according to ESPN. “Since bed bugs can be easily transmitted anywhere and are often lodged in luggage or on clothing, our hotel maintains high levels of vigilance and we perform regular inspections.”
Irving left the Cavaliers 115–93 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday after just nine minutes, which the team attributed to flu-like symptoms at the time. Irving later said he did not get much sleep the night before the game after discovering the bed bugs, and was feeling nauseated the next day as a result.
“Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin’ five big bed bugs just sitting on your pillow,” he said. “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.”
In response to the incident, exterminating company Terminix extended an offer to inspect Irving’s hotel rooms for bed bugs in advance of future road trips.
Irving returned to the court on Monday against the Detroit Pistons and played 38 minutes in the Cavs’ 96–88 loss, leading his team with 30 points.
- Erin Flynn