Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is an avid gamer and even streams his gameplay on Twitch from time to time.
When Hayward was in high school, he called former Butler head coach Brad Stevens to make sure that it was okay to play in a Halo tournament, and that he would not be violating any NCAA rules.
“I was on a competitive Halo team and we would enter Halo tournaments for money,” Hayward said in a video interview with Rolling Stone. “When I started getting recruited for basketball, I didn’t really think about it. But there’s a lot of NCAA rules and violations as far as like, making money and doing certain things.
“I had to call coach Stevens to ask him if it was okay to play in a Halo tournament. I’m sure that was the last thing he wanted his new recruit to call him about. But he was okay with it and we actually won the tournament. So we won money, which was cool.”
Hayward says that he plays video games after NBA games as a way to wind down and that gaming in many ways, can be therapeutic.