iPhone 6 Plus so big it injured an NBA star

7 Jul 2015

Matt Bonner (centre) has cited the iPhone 6 Plus' size as the cause for his form-damaging tennis elbow

Matt Bonner, an NBA player who has starred for the San Antonio Spurs for nine years, has blamed his recent drop in form on his new iPhone 6 Plus.

The power forward was speaking to Concord Monitor over the weekend, discussing his current contract status, when the topic turned to a poor stretch of form, when his three-point scoring percentages dipped well below his career average.

A drop in form can be pinned on many a reason, but this seems to be the first time that Apple’s flagship phone has been blamed.

Bonner says he got tennis elbow for around 10 weeks, which made playing basketball uncomfortable, and shooting three-pointers very painful.

iPhone 6 Plus too big

“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.”

It’s actually not the first time a sports star has blamed gadgets on his or her poor form.

Back in 1997, for example, then Liverpool goalkeeper David James blamed a dodgy display on a computer game binge the night before when he played Tekken and Tomb Raider all night.

Main image via Keith Allison on Flickr

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic