If you spent any amount of time watching the Toronto Raptors between 2004 and 2006, you’re well acquainted with Matt Bonner. The 6 foot 10 forward became a fan favourite in Toronto for his winning personality and love for the city. He married a Canadian woman, rode the TTC religiously—earning the nickname the Red Rocket in the process—and even tried to become a Canadian citizen so that he could play for Team Canada in the Olympics.
After being traded to the Spurs, and spending several successful seasons there, Bonner is now a free agent. However, his prospects aren’t looking great thanks to a lingering injury in non shooting arm, an injury Bonner says he developed from using the iPhone 6 Plus.
“I hate to make excuses, I was raised to never make excuses, but I went through a two-and-a-half month stretch where I had really bad tennis elbow, and during that stretch it made it so painful for me to shoot I’d almost be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill,’” says Bonner in the interview.
“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”
Now, before you laugh, the Spurs training staff says it’s actually seen injuries like this in the past.