PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Jason Kiernan is pretty excited about the autographed sneaker from DeAndre Ayton that he got at the game Thursday night, but it's how he won it that has social media buzzing.
"I was just showing my shoe off, you know," said Kiernan. "I had some new Nikes on and was just trying to win the contest."
During Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Suns had a "Show us your shoe" contest that had fans waving their sneakers in the air like they just don't care. Kiernan wanted to join in the fun, even though he has a prosthetic leg. He took his leg off and started waving it. The crowd went wild, and Kiernan was declared the winner.
"Everybody was clapping when they put the winner up on the screen," said Kiernan. "The crowd kind of erupted, and everyone was clapping and high-fiving and stuff. It was just a very cool moment."
The Phoenix businessman lost his leg in a motorcycle accident a few months ago and has been in physical therapy ever since. He said he's not self-conscious about having a prosthetic but never imagined his fun little stunt at the game would create such an uproar.
"I posted something on Facebook just to show friends and family, and stuff like that," said Kiernan. "But to see it on other news outlets, and BarStool Sports now, it's done a viral thing, reading comments on Twitter, it's funny."
Kiernan hopes his story in the spotlight will create more awareness about people with prosthetic limbs and encourage drivers to be more careful when they see motorcycles on the road.
"If it makes people a little more aware, that's great," said Kiernan."