San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner is shown in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 12, 2013, in Minneapolis.
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By Tanya Basu
July 7, 2015

The iPhone 6 Plus boasts a bigger touchscreen, but those extra inches might be to blame for an NBA player’s recent tennis elbow injury.

San Antonio Spurs’ forward Matt Bonner told the Concord Monitor that the phone’s large screen was to blame for a cringe inducing ache in his elbow, admitting that “everybody is going to find this hilarious.”

“When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it,” he said. “You have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

Bonner stands by his theory, saying that he spoke to a Spurs’ conditioning coach who also allegedly suffered a similar injury from playing games on his iPhone. His injury reduced his statistics significantly for two-and-a-half months, where the pain was so sharp that Bonner would “be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill.'”

No word on whether Bonner is familiar with iOS 8’s Reachability feature.

Write to Tanya Basu at tanya.basu@time.com.

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