Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite: Cavs' Star Irving Had No Such Luck At Skirvin Hotel


Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 7:35 am
By: News 9


Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hilton is a living legend.

The hotel, rumored to be haunted by Effie the ghost, has left plenty of visiting NBA players and teams paranoid through the years. The Chicago Bulls, for example, will no longer stay there after past incidents.

But now OKC's oldest hotel poses a new threat for road teams: bed bugs.

Kyrie Irving, All-Star point guard for the Cleveland Cavs, left Sunday's showdown against the Thunder with what the team called "flu-like symptoms." But Irving told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that there was no flu.

"Our team said I was out with flu-like symptoms," Irving told McMenamin. "It was honestly from the bed bugs at the freakin' Hilton we stayed at."

A spokesperson for the Skirvin confirmed that bed bugs were found in Irving's room but in no other areas. The hotel says that Irving's room, along with surrounding rooms, are under inspection.

Irving went on to tell McMenamin that he ended up sleeping on the couch and woke up with a sore back.

The Cavs didn't miss Irving in their 115-92 romp of the Thunder. 

The OKC-County Health Department released the following statement,

"Environmental health inspectors from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are currently investigating an isolated discovery of bedbugs inside a downtown hotel.   Skirvin Hotel management had already started the process of corrective action as we were launching an on sight inspection today at the hotel.  Our inspectors have issued a corrective course of action to rid the specific room of the bedbugs. 

The management of the hotel have been cooperative as this process continues and have taken the room out of use as a heat treatment is being conducted and a subsequent inspection will take place. 

The adjacent rooms were inspected by a professional pest company and no other signs of bedbugs were noted.  The Skirvin Hotel has not had a bedbug complaint since 2013 and corrective action was taken then.

We have a total of 223 hotels and motels in our regulatory area.  From February 2015 to February 2016, there have been 57 complaints at hotels and motels related to bed bugs, all of the complaints have been closed."