NBA players are generally well-oiled machines. Like many athletes, they have very specific diets to ensure maximum performance on the basketball court.
Unfortunately, their diets can also lead to messy situations.
The most infamous example of this is Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce faking an injury because of a bathroom-related accident. Many years later, he owned up to what really transpired.
James Harden, formerly of the Houston Rockets and now of the Brooklyn Nets, is also no stranger to having bizarre stains on his uniform.
This week, Yaron Weitzman of TrueHoop looked further into the saga of NBA players pooping their pants midgame and how common it truly is.
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, who knows his way around messy situations, confirmed that it was in fact a problem he and other guys deal with.
“I’ve seen a couple white shorts where you see someone had a little accident on the back,” he said. “Just ask any equipment manager.”
NBA veteran Lance Thomas agreed.
“That’s definitely a thing,” he said.
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“Usually when someone’s at the free-throw line you notice it. Especially if they’re wearing white.”
Between the diets NBA players often have to be on to ensure maximum energy and physical prowess, and the time commitment of a standard basketball game, it’s actually surprising that we don’t see more players having accidents on a regular basis.
So the next time you see someone fake an injury in really blatant fashion and assume they’re cheaply trying to draw a foul, give them the benefit of the doubt instead and assume they probably just pooped their pants.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.