SALT LAKE CITY –Former Utah Jazz and current Portland Trail Blazers forward Joe Ingles says he finally ate the sandwich that former Jazzman Gordon Hayward fell ill from during the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
On May 28, Ingles tweeted that after years of not wanting to eat at “the sandwich shop,” he finally did. Although a member of the Blazers, Ingles and his family still reside in Utah.
“I just ate at the sandwich shop @gordonhayward got sick from during the playoffs against the Clippers. Literally never wanted to eat there after that day,” Ingles tweeted. “8 years here and I made it.”
Sandwich Shop Disease
In April 2017, Ingles, Hayward and the Jazz were in the middle of a first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Prior to Game 4 of the best-of-seven game series, Hayward, now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, suffered food poisoning at a local sandwich shop which he did not call by name.
According to NBA.com, Hayward “battled the effects of the illness all day Sunday and received fluids in the hours leading up to the whistleblowing. He did not participate in pregame warmups and was visibly on the bench while his teammates relaxed.
The striker started the game but had to leave the competition in the second quarter due to illness.
Despite Hayward’s early departure, the Jazz won Game 4.
“I was definitely down for the count. I haven’t been this sick in years,” Hayward said after the game.
He was asked if he would go back to the sandwich shop.
“Absolutely not,” Hayward replied.
Ingles, Hayward and the Jazz beat the Clippers in seven games to advance to the second round.
Hayward is under contract with the Hornets through the 2023-24 season. Ingles is expected to become an unrestricted free agent in July.