The opinions surrounding Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard tend to vary.
Some view the 30-year-old as a shy, unique personality who also happens to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Regardless of where you land on Leonard, this much is beyond debate: he’s a rare type of dude.
Nothing exemplifies this more than his relationship with an American chicken-wing chain known as Wingstop.
Back in 2016, Lee Jenkins of then-Sports Illustrated fame revealed that a desperate Leonard had once called up Wingstop over some coupons.
“He shrugs when friends claim he’d expand his endorsement portfolio if he shaved the braids,” the article read. “He is happy to sponsor Wingstop, which sends him coupons for free wings, so he can feed his Mango Habanero addiction. This winter, after his $94 million contract kicked in, he panicked when he lost his coupons. Wingstop generously replenished his supply.”
This past August Leonard agreed to a four-year, $176.3 million contract to stay in LA. With that hefty payday, you’d think he probably no longer needs to rely on coupons to get his chicken wing fix.
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 14, 2021
Then again, given his personality type, he probably still utilizes them anyway.
A few weeks back, a video went viral where a little boy delivered a two-word message to Leonard. It earned mixed reviews – as Leonard himself typically does.
Will the Clippers star ultimately be able to win over some new fans over the next few years between these crazy stories and his play? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.