Imagine having an embarrassing moment in front of not one but TWO celebrities. Unfortunately for these people, that’s exactly what happened.
“I used to be a male gymnast on an Acro team that toured and did halftime shows for NBA games. We were in New York maybe a week before they had the All-Star game (1998). Normally, the stadium staff would have a 2 large change-rooms for us to change in as there were about 20 males and 35 females on the team. But seeing as how it was close to the All-Star game, they told us that space was at a premium and that we would have to make do with the court-side bathrooms.
So, 20 males invade the courtside bathroom before the game and start stripping down and changing into spandex outfits. I happened to be done before most people and went outside to start looking around the arena. As I get outside the bathroom door, I turn to look down the tunnel and see Spike Lee walking towards my way. I freeze and watch him get closer. He is holding a slushy cup and is focused on trying to acquire more slushy from the cup to his face, and thusly doesn’t look up as he walks toward the bathroom door. He hits the bathroom door and I turn to go back inside the bathroom to see what’s going to happen. It took me about 10 seconds to reach the door and push it open, but I push the door right into his back. He had stopped dead in his tracks after looking up in the bathroom to see many men, in various states of undress and spandex.
We were all a little star-struck and no one said a word. Spike sheepishly walks over to a urinal (still with everyone’s eyes on him), puts the slushy cup on top of the urinal and does his business. Then, we hear the door open again. Now everyone’s eyes swing over, and the same scenario happens all over again, this time with Bill Walton. He came into the bathroom and gaped at the weirdness of the situation of the impromptu change room.
He at least composed himself quickly and asked ‘What the heck are you guys doing in here?’
Someone tells him that we are the halftime show and he nods and heads toward the urinal. Spike, now grabs his slushy cup and takes off, no hand washing or anything, and when Bill Walton was finished he walked over to the sinks and paper towel dispenser where a friend of mine was pushing the handle for paper towels, and just steals the now hanging paper towel and also makes a hasty retreat.
We still laugh about that to this day…
That day the stadium staff asked us to hit Woody Allen in the head with our gym mats as we ran past him, but we just couldn’t do it.”