NBA player blames Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus for odd, season-altering injury

“You never want to end up on a list of the most bizarre sports injuries, but San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner may have earned a spot with his tennis elbow problems last season,” Max Thompson reports for Yahoo Sports. “In a great interview with the Concord Monitor, Bonner revealed that the elbow pain in his non-shooting arm was a huge distraction.”

“But how did he end up with tennis elbow in the arm he doesn’t use to shoot the ball? That’s where things get weird,” Thompson reports. “‘Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,’ he said. ‘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.'”

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  1. I also read somewhere that there are Lizards that are disguised as humans in Capital Hill. I think 6 or 8 million of us Americans truly believe this. lol

    1. This is a misconception more about reptiles than of public opinion.

      I’d wager that most of the people in that survey believe that lizards are slimy, wet and disgusting. This is not true at all. Lizards are smooth, dry and cool to the touch. Most are not vicious unless provoked.

      All of the lizards positive qualities are opposite from those of a politician.

      The animal that does represent all of these qualities is in fact the Hagfish or ‘Slime Eel’ as its nickname. Of course the word ‘Hag’ also stands to evoke a horrible image of this animal and thusly it can claim title to be a D.C. Politician . 🐍

      1. Thanks for defending the reputation of lizards and, by extension, other reptiles like snakes. To some extent, the comparison is not even fair to the hagfish because it is just born that way and is just expressing its inherent nature. Politicians have choices, but many of them tend to chose poorly.

    1. Correct. People *well* under his 6′ 10″ size are easily handling the iPhone 6 and 6+.

      Unless he has extremely small hands for his size (which I doubt) there really is no reason to blame his phone for his condition.

    1. Matt Bonner is a pretty good player with the Spurs who are a great team. You might not know him if your interest in the NBA is casual.

      There are many contributing factors to “tennis elbow”. This could have exacerbated the problem but is unlikely the cause.

      1. Repetitive stress injuries are driven by the individual physiologies and behaviors. How you hold your phone, how you access the keyboard, how often/long you use it, etc., all play a part.

        Years ago i typed and edited a huge report, and i experienced some temporary wrist pain. Fortunately, it went away pretty quickly. Early on with my iPad 3, i experienced some pain in my hands/fingers from playing racing games. It had to do with the weight of the device and its case and how I supported it to “drive.” Eventually, my body adapted along with different techniques, such as using a pillow to support the iPad.

  2. 1. Diagnosing a person’s medical condition from afar is what politicians do. Let’s not be like them

    2. Apple does not encourage people to read manuals. Apple encourages learning by doing. How many software manuals have we read of the software we use.

    MDN and some of its readers were quick to attack. Hair-trigger keyboard warriors with manners of a mosquito.

  3. The Spurs are so damn good, all the other Western Conference teams should buy the entire Spurs team 6+ phones. If enough Spurs have medical issues, another team might actually have a chance next year.

  4. This makes sense, blaming the iPhone 6 plus for the injury, especially in light of all the other reports of similar injuries… oh, wait, there aren’t any others.

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