SAN ANTONIO (CBS Houston) – The Portland Trail Blazers had quite a shock inside the visitor’s locker room at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
As the Blazers entered their locker room prior to Game 2 in the second round of the NBA Playoffs on Thursday, they were confronted by a large snake.
“It’s bizarre to have a venomous snake in your locker room,” Terry Stotts, head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, told Sports Illustrated. “I don’t know if it’s happened before. That sounds like an ABA story.”
Stotts did not see the snake, but said “it was a rattlesnake that measured maybe three or four feet in length and was young.”
“I’m not an expert, but it’s a Texas thing,” the coach added.
The San Antonio News-Express reports, though, that it was not a rattlesnake and not venomous.
Mo Williams saw the snake and posted a picture of it on his Instagram account.
“We get in the locker room and it’s a damn snake. A snake in the locker room. Man, we was scared as hell,” the guard wrote on his account.
The team’s website reports that the snake was found inside Thomas Robinson’s locker.
“I just put my shoes down and once I put my shoes down I double looked and I seen a snake sitting there,” Robinson said. “After that, I got away from it. I just seen something curled up and I looked again it was a snake. No one believed me until they looked in there. It hissed, I backed up.”
Arena security were eventually able to trap the snake and remove it from the locker room.