While Manu Ginobili was in his homeland of Argentina, the San Antonio Spurs and their long-time guard had come to terms on a new two-year contract. So instead of having Ginobili fly back to sign his contract, they sent an intern to personally deliver the contract to Manu. However, there was one problem; the intern was attacked by a bird and thus lost the contract that had just been signed hours before he was set to come home from Buenos Aires.
Via NY Times:
When the San Antonio Spurs sent an intern to Argentina in July to ferry a new contract to guard Manu Ginobili, it seemed a routine trip. The Spurs preferred hand delivery to the mail. A previous contract had been brought for Ginobili to sign on his honeymoon.
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.
No worries though, as an assistant was able to bring Ginobili another contract and return it safely to Texas unscaved from anymore bird attacks.
Luckily, an international sports crisis was averted. An assistant traveling to Buenos Aires soon after brought a fresh contract and returned it to Texas without incident.
“No birds got to him,” Sean Marks, the Spurs’ director of basketball operations, said with a laugh. “We were all waiting for Manu’s contract to show up on eBay. It hasn’t yet.”