Update: As of Sunday night, we are sad to report that the wallet of Toronto Raptors forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is still missing. However, following the largest margin of victory in a regular season game by the Raptors in franchise history, he provided some new information on his situation that may entice people to help him with his search.
Shortly after racked up 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in Toronto’s 127-81 win over the Indiana Pacers at Scotiabank Arena, Hollis-Jefferson offered a reward to the person that finds and returns his missing Louis Vuitton pouch.
While he did have a cheeky smile on his face as he described the package he’s offering, $1,000, two tickets to a Raptors game and a Pascal Siakam signed jersey all sound pretty good to me.
I think I’ll keep it hostage for a few more days before I finally give it back to him, though. The longer he has to wait, the better that reward will become. Right?
Original Story: From time to time, it’s nice to be reminded that professional athletes are just like us.
Sure, they’re genetic freaks with skills that set them apart from the general population. And sure, most make outrageous sums of money to play a sport that they’ve worked their entire lives to reach the pinnacle of.
Aside from those two things, though, there really isn’t much that separates them from us.
For example, like us, they lose their wallets in Ubers.
On Saturday morning, only hours after he collected 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes off the bench to help his Toronto Raptors defeat the Phoenix Suns at Scotiabank Arena, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took to Twitter in search of some assistance from the general public.
Lost my wallet in a Uber Thursday.. if anyone in Toronto found it pls return it.. i just want the wallet.. all sweatpants should have a zipper lol— R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) February 22, 2020
Plenty of us have been there before. In fact, there are few things worse than the rush of panic that takes over your entire body the moment you step out of a cab or Uber and realize that you don’t have your wallet, phone, child, etc.
Shortly after providing the initial update, Hollis-Jefferson revealed that he spent a good portion of his Saturday grinding to get it back. It’s as if his wallet was a loose ball on the court and he was in its vicinity. (Except, unlike the ball in this metaphor, he wasn’t in the vicinity of his wallet because if he was, he would have probably found it by now.)
This what my wallet look like if you took it out the Uber i rode in send it back to raptors facility.. Uber driver said no go in back seat pic.twitter.com/2do9EOn9NM— R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) February 22, 2020
Understandably, the 25-year-old sounded pretty desperate to get it back. However, there are just so many people with Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Canvas Vertical Zippy Wallets. Currently retailing for over $900 CDN each at louisvuitton.com, I actually have three or four of them in my penthouse apartment. It may be more. I don’t remember.
While we joke about the predicament the small forward finds himself in, you have to respect how he dealt with the situation in a professional manner. Hollis-Jefferson lost his wallet on Thursday, but didn’t reveal that to the world until after Friday’s game — one in which he helped the Raptors come out on top.
There’s no way I could step onto an NBA court and play well knowing that some stranger may be staring at the ugly mug on my driver’s license.
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