Will he retire or won’t he? That was the question heading into the past NBA offseason, but it was a decision San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili would make relatively quickly. He would be returning.
Ginobili informed the Spurs of his decision and the front office quickly began working on the details of his new contract, which they just so happened to give to an intern who would fly to Buenos Aires and present the contract to Ginobili.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – first off, why are they sending an intern? Second off, why in the world did they send anybody? It’s not exactly rocket science to sign something over the internet, but I digress.
Anyway, preferring the hand delivery method, Ginobili signed the contract and all was okay – well – so we thought.
Per the New York Times:
Hours before the Spurs’ intern was to fly home from Buenos Aires, team officials said that he was strafed by a bird in a park. As he tidied up at a fountain, his backpack disappeared. Inside were Ginobili’s signed contract, along with the intern’s passport, cellphone and laptop.
Thankfully, the Spurs were still able to get Ginobili to sign a new contract just a few days later, though, no word if any criminal charges were ever brought against the thief and his evil flying counterpart.