Cassius Stanley had to be taught a lesson.
Just because a young basketball star makes it to the NBA doesn't mean he's immune to team pranks. In fact, rookies often get hazed the worst. Veteran team members expect them to perform some of the more menial tasks like getting towels or collecting jock straps. Rookies should also be working out on their off days and, above all, listening to their more-experienced teammates. Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers clearly didn't do any of that and his teammates decided to teach him a lesson.
Following their win in Memphis, Tennessee last Sunday, the team arrived back in Indianapolis at around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. Typically, players grab their bags and head home to get some rest. Stanley got home later than planned.
He must have known something was wrong while heading to his brand new BMW X6 in the parking lot because his teammates were on hand filming him with their phones. Malcom Brogdon explained why. "We've got a rookie that's not really listening… my man can jump out the gym, but he can't get towels after the games." Stanley had no words when he got to his car. He just dropped his bag and walked away. He had good reason to. The X6 had been stuffed full of popcorn.
Opening the driver's door and rear passenger door resulted in popcorn spilling out. Stanley's teammates were not only laughing but also enjoying a late-night snack.
Mechanically, the X6 is probably fine because no popcorn was dumped under the hood. However, the salty and greasy snack probably isn't good for the car's leather upholstery. We wouldn't be surprised if Stanley will have to get the car reupholstered. And then there's the smell. Popcorn normally smells great, whether at home or a movie theater. But imagine that popcorn smell baked into your car forever. No amount of air freshener will dilute it.
From now on, Stanley will surely get those towels and do what he's told because his X6 just paid the price for his overconfidence.