LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Lakers forward and team raconteur Metta World Peace says he was touched inappropriately by ghosts during a stay at the allegedly haunted Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City this weekend.
The team stayed at the hotel Saturday night ahead of Sunday’s pre-Halloween matchup with the Thunder. The Lakers lost the game 113-96 and fell to 1-2 on the season.READ MORE: Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster Jaime Jarrín To Retire After 2022 Season
“The ghosts were all over me. I just accepted it,” World Peace told the Orange County Register. “They touched me all over the place. I’m taking one of the ghosts to court for touching me in the wrong places.”
World Peace, known for his colorful interviews, insisted on the veracity of the ghost encounter to the Register. He added that he was too tired to get up and leave the hotel to escape.
“I was watching a good movie and I was tired,” he said. “I didn’t want to move.”
Meanwhile, Lou Williams and Larry Nance Jr. didn’t take any chances.
Both players chose instead to pay for their own rooms at the nearby Colcord Hotel, the Register reported.READ MORE: Pasadena Implements COVID Vaccine Mandate For Bars, Large Outdoor Events
Williams and Nance explained their caution to the paper.
“I prefer to stay away from the supposed supernatural,” Nance told the paper. “I just don’t want any issues.”
“I’m not going to play with that. I’d rather pay for my peace of mind,” Williams said. “If they say it’s haunted, that’s enough for me. I’m not going to roll the dice.”
The hotel’s haunting legend stems from the story of the hotel’s former owner having an affair with a housekeeper. The owner then allegedly locked the housekeeper in a room, where she killed herself and – as the legend goes – cast a spell on the hotel.
Legends of the hotel’s haunting are commonplace in NBA locker rooms. In 2014, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said he missed most of a game against the Thunder due to severe bedbug bites.MORE NEWS: DEA: Prescription Pills For Sale Online, On Social Media Often Laced With Deadly Dose Of Fentanyl