During the season, NBA players spend a lot of their time in hotels. It just so happens that some of these places are widely believed to be haunted. In a recent trip to Golden State, San Antonio Spurs big men Tim Duncan and Jeff Ayres were kept awake by some kind of ghost baby. Per the Express-News:
Haunted hotels aren’t exactly uncommon on the NBA circuit. The Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City is particularly infamous, with Eddy Curry, Jared Jeffries and ESPN’s Bill Simmons all alleging brushes with the ghost of the maid who is said to have jumped to her death from the 10th floor while holding her baby.
In Berkeley, Calif., the Claremont Resort is supposedly haunted by multiple spirits, including one of a 6-year-old girl who apparently died in the hotel.
Ayres: “You get in at whatever time. I took my room key. I could hear stuff in the hallway, like people in their rooms. So I’m thinking people are watching TV or whatever. So I get to my door, and my key doesn’t work, but it sounds like there’s somebody in my room. Like I hear a little baby, not crying but making noise. I’m like, ‘What the heck?’ I keep trying my key and it doesn’t work. So I go downstairs to get a new key, and I tell them (somebody’s in the room).
“So they call the room, and nobody answers. They’re like, ‘We can get you a new key and send you up with security and make sure nobody’s there, because there shouldn’t be anybody in there.’ Then they’re like, ‘We’ll just get you a new room.’ It was the creepiest thing. I heard a couple of other guys heard babies in the hallway, kids running down the hallway. Creepy. I really heard voices and a baby in the room, and there wasn’t anybody in there. It was crazy.”
Duncan: “I heard a baby in his room. There was somebody or something in his room, yeah. I definitely heard something. It wasn’t creepy, because I assumed it was really somebody in the room, and they gave him the wrong room. But when they told me the story the next day about calling up there and no one in the room, it’s at that point you get chills. I totally agreed with him. There was a baby there, absolutely. I heard about the history of the place, and I’d rather not (stay there again).”