To what lengths will teams go to secure a victory?
In their recent encounter at Crypto.com Arena, the Denver Nuggets continued their impressive record against the Clippers, boasting a 13-2 record in their last 15 total games. However, the Nuggets faced the Clippers without key players, as Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon were confirmed absent, and two-time MVP Nikola Jokic joined them on the sidelines due to lower back pain.
While a home game against the Nuggets without Jokic, Murray, and Gordon might seem like an easy matchup, the Nuggets had a surprise up their sleeves. In an unexpected turn of events, Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Jordan delivered standout performances, collectively contributing 56 points, 18 rebounds, and 16 assists on an impressive 23-of-30 shooting. Both players are in their mid-30s, making their exceptional game even more surprising.
Social media quickly speculated that the Nuggets strategically placed an attractive woman, identified as Malu Trevejo, next to the bench to motivate the team.
Malu Trevejo, a media personality and singer, gained fame for her videos on the now-rebranded app, Musical.ly, and has amassed over 11.5 million followers on Instagram.
The intriguing question arises: If indeed the team strategically positioned a “plant” near the bench, is this against the rules? As accusations of cheating in sports continue, the ethical implications of such tactics come into question.