Rather than celebrate a career-high 51 points in an April 2014 game against the Houston Rockets, then-Minnesota Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer found himself being "randomly" drug tested by the NBA after the contest.
That seems too coincidental to be true, right?
It's always funny to hear about a professional athlete getting "randomly" drug tested after a career game. In the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee (here) and Adam Vinatieri (here) have each been drug tested in the days after a big moment.
As it turns out, the NFL isn't the only league in which coincidences happen.
On April 11, 2014, Brewer led the Timberwolves to a 112-110 victory over the Rockets by dropping 51 points. As he recently told CBS Sports' James Herbert, he was drug tested immediately following the game.
How often do people bring up your 51-point game?
Brewer: People bring it up pretty often. I just remember it was amazing. I felt like everything I threw up was going in. It was fun. And especially it was fun to do it in Minnesota where we had a rough year, to get the crowd something to cheer about.
There was a one-hour delay before you talked to media after that, right?
Brewer: I had a random drug test from the NBA. So I couldn't do the interview until I got done with my drug test. I didn't have to go to the bathroom. So it took a while. It was weird, it was just funny at the same time. I was like ‘Wow, I played the best game of my life, now I gotta go to the bathroom to take this drug test.'
On a related note, Brewer averaged just 12.3 points per game in the 2013-14 season.
Perhaps that experience has led him to be somewhat wary of filling up the box score. His game high since that crazy night is 26 points. Granted, he has since joined the Rockets and doesn't need to drop 50 to lead his team to a victory.
This isn't to suggest that leagues target players after breakout games. However, fans (and the players, for that matter) can't help but laugh when an athlete gets tested after a big game.