How an adorable Instagram baby pic triggered an NBA mini-crisis
Like many young moms, Robyn Hayward loves to share photos of her little tykes on Instagram.
Unlike many young moms, Hayward’s husband is one of the NBA‘s most sought-after free agents.
Which made an adorable photo Robyn recently shared media a bit of a problem.
Robyn’s husband is Gordon Hayward, who is a star for the Utah Jazz but set to test the free-agency market this summer. He’s got plenty of suitors, and a long-running rumor has the Boston Celtics as favorites to sign him this summer.
One of the Celtics’ logos is a shamrock. And that’s why this photo Robyn posted over the weekend was mighty suspicious for the conspiracy-minded.
Was this a secret signal that the Haywards are Boston-bound? Was it a not-so-secret signal that the Haywards are Boston-bound? Was it — THERE’S GOT TO BE A MESSAGE IN HERE SOMEWHERE, RIGHT?
The internet being a place where hysteria frequently triumphs over reason, NBA fans apparently got all kinds of creative in trying to parse a hidden message from Robyn’s Instagram — so much so that she deleted the photo soon after posting it.
She even posted a subsequent update explaining the purchase as just a totally normal thing a mom would buy for her baby, not some fourth-dimension secret message.
See, folks? Take a deep breath. Nothing to see here.
Well, we’re pretty sure.