Knicks Reporter Says 'Epic Fart' Helped Team Loosen Up Before Game 5 Win vs. Pacers

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New York Knicks players Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart
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The New York Knicks picked up a crucial win in Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers, bouncing back in a big way after ugly losses in Games 3 and 4.

According to Knicks reporter Fred Katz of The Athletic, some locker room tension was alleviated before the game, thanks to one anonymous player passing gas.

Katz revealed on Thursday that an "epic fart" was responsible for loosening up the locker room ahead of Game 5.

The result of that breakage of wind? New York pulled off its biggest win of the series, and their fourth largest playoff win in franchise history. The 121–91 victory put momentum back with the Knicks heading into what could be a series-clinching Game 6 on Friday night.

"There was an epic fart, that loosened up the locker room a lot before the game. And I'm not going to say who it was, because I'm not going to embarrass the guy," Katz said on an episode of the Knicks Film School podcast.

Katz later made an appearance on the Dan Le Batard Show, during which he elaborated further on the alleged cheese cutting.

"When it happened, it strung along for a lot longer than one might expect for a fart of that volume," Katz said. "It actually didn't get a reaction at all. It got pure silence. ... That one player looked around, as if he was being inconspicuous, and said with a completely straight face, 'Something's up with the pipes in here.'"

With a chance to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2000, they'll hope to keep the locker room vibes high as they head into Game 6.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.