Hold off on the jokes, people. Gaby Belardo has a new haircut—and yes, he lost a bet.
The fan-favorite sophomore guard had sported long hair all season, usually held back by a small headband during games. But as of last week, Belardo’s long locks were cut off, leaving barely more than a buzz cut on the head of the San Juan, Puerto Rico native.
The incident began a few weeks back, when Belardo went bowling with a few other members of the basketball team, including Elton Frazier, Tomas Vazquez-Simmons, Julius Coles and Eric Kindler.
After Belardo bowled, according to him, a 144 and a 130 in the first two games, others in the group insisted he was just getting lucky.
“They were saying it was a fluke,” Belardo said. “So I told them, ‘No, I’m nice at bowling. I used to play back in Puerto Rico.’ ”
The bet was on. According to Belardo, if he bowled under 100, he would have to cut off his hair. If he won the bet, he said a friend volunteered to let him use his car for a week.
“I got to like 80-something,” Belardo reluctantly admitted to.
There’s no telling if the 21-year-old has learned his lesson, but he is certainly feeling repercussions from his bet.
“When I come outside, my head is just freezing,” Belardo said with a smile.