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Ghost baby? Jeff Ayres, Tim Duncan recall staying in Bay Area ‘haunted’ hotel


Zoinks! Last week, the San Antonio Spurs were on the road and in the Bay Area to face the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The team booked some rooms at the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, Calif. At least two members of the Spurs — Jeff Ayres and Tim Duncan, claim to have experienced some spooky supernatural phenomenon during their stay.

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express News chronicled the two players’ experiences during their recent evening of terror when things that go bump in the night scared the ever-living crap out of them. Or, in this instance, not bumps, but a ghost baby that cries.

Ayres: “You get in at whatever time. I took my room key. I could hear stuff in the hallway, like people in their rooms. So I’m thinking people are watching TV or whatever. So I get to my door, and my key doesn’t work, but it sounds like there’s somebody in my room. Like I hear a little baby, not crying but making noise. I’m like, ‘What the heck?’ I keep trying my key and it doesn’t work. So I go downstairs to get a new key, and I tell them (somebody’s in the room).

“So they call the room, and nobody answers. They’re like, ‘We can get you a new key and send you up with security and make sure nobody’s there, because there shouldn’t be anybody in there.’ Then they’re like, ‘We’ll just get you a new room.’ It was the creepiest thing. I heard a couple of other guys heard babies in the hallway, kids running down the hallway. Creepy. I really heard voices and a baby in the room, and there wasn’t anybody in there. It was crazy.”

Duncan: “I heard a baby in his room. There was somebody or something in his room, yeah. I definitely heard something. It wasn’t creepy, because I assumed it was really somebody in the room, and they gave him the wrong room. But when they told me the story the next day about calling up there and no one in the room, it’s at that point you get chills. I totally agreed with him. There was a baby there, absolutely. I heard about the history of the place, and I’d rather not (stay there again).”

Spooky stuff, man. But not the first time the perils of staying in a supposed haunted hotel has rattled an NBA team.

Miami Heat players claimed the Skirvin Hilton, the Oklahoma City-area hotel the team stayed at during the 2012 NBA Finals, was haunted, too. Jinkies.

(for more on the purported haunting of the Claremont Resort, see here)

[H/T SB Nation]