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“I think about those four a**-whoopings I took” — how Robert Horry learned thou shalt not steal

His mom and dad drove quite a lot just to make sure the message was received.
NBA legend Robert Horry

Robert Horry

Robert Horry may not be one of the most talented NBA players of all time, but most basketball fans are well aware of his legacy. Aside from being a seven-time champion and one of the most clutch players in history, “Big Shot Rob” is also a player you don’t want to mess around with.

Big Shot Bob is a tough guy

Looking back at his career, Horry wasn’t really a bad boy on the basketball court. But he’s the type of player who never backed down on anyone, including his own coach. We can ask Danny Ainge about it. However, no matter how tough a man Horry is, he also took a beating at one point in his life.

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Because of Reese’s buttercups

In a recent appearance on the Showtime With Coop podcast with his fellow Los Angeles Lakers legend Michael Cooper, Horry vividly recounted how a “12-pack Reese’s” buttercups got him in trouble when he was still a kid.

According to the 16-year NBA veteran, he once stole a pack of Reese’s in a Piggly Wiggly store and got busted. As expected, his family eventually learned about it, and all hell broke loose right there and then.

As punishment, Horry took a handful of “a**-whoopings” at the hands of his parents… and his grandparents as well.

I didn’t have enough money, so I walked out of the store with this 12-pack of Reese’s cups,” Horry recalled. “I just put it in my notebook and walked out. Of course, they caught me… It was at a Piggly Wiggly, and they called my grandma. My mom was getting her Master’s, so she was in Huntsville, Alabama. So let’s just say this. My grandmama whooped me. Then my grandfather whooped me. My mom drove in from Huntsville and she whooped me. Then my dad drove in from South Carolina, and then he whooped me.

That let me know right then not to ever steal again,” he continued. “That was one of the things that I always said to myself. I said you have to do what’s right in life, and stealing is not right. Reese’s cups — even though they’re still my favorite — every time I pick up one, I think about those four a**-whoopings I took.

Admittedly, most of us adults have committed some petty crimes, especially during our childhood years. But it’s totally okay as long as we have learned our lessons the same way Horry did.

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