VIDEO: Warriors' Klay Thompson Honors Train Hero on Jimmy Kimmel Live
The U.S. Airman, one of three Americans who took down alleged gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani on a crowded passenger train headed for Paris last month, sat down with Kimmel to talk about the terrifying ordeal.
Kimmel showed Stone before-and-after pictures. In the first shot, he and his friends – college student Anthony Sadler 23, and National Guardsman Aleksander Skarlatos, 22 – were smiling and happy to be on a European adventure. In the after, Stone was shirtless and banged up with scrapes and bruises, following his heroic act.
“Yeah I had to let the dad bod out,” Stone, 23, joked about his physique.
All kidding aside, Spencer talked about the scary moments aboard that train. He told Kimmel he’d just woken up from a nap when he spotted the gunman cocking an AK-47.
“I was like, well, you know, he hasn’t started shooting yet, so I’m not gonna die sitting down,” Stone recalled, just before snapping into action. He said his two buddies were right behind him.
Totally consumed with his story, Kimmel asked the pressing question: “Did the women of France show their appreciation to you?”
“Yeah, let’s just say I’ve got a lot of Facebook messages to translate,” he says.
Later Kimmel told him: “You say you got lucky but you could’ve also not even been on that train. I think everybody else on that train got lucky that’s what happened.”
Moments later, Kimmel announced he had a surprise for the airman, who recently arrived back in the United States after undergoing medical treatment at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.
Kimmel cut to a live shot of Thompson driving – or trying to drive – a car toward the studio.
“Klay doesn’t drive stick,” Kimmel laughed as the basketball star attempted to look cool in a brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro convertible. “Alright it’s not as smooth as we were hoping it was.”
Thompson then walked into the studio, took off his hat and gave it to Stone. “I got a jersey for you, my man,” he said, and handed over the top.
Kimmel then told Stone, he was also getting the car.
“Do you know how to drive stick?” asked Kimmel. “The important thing is, you never have to get on a train again in your life, alright.”
Stone, his friends, and British grandfather Chris Norman, who also helped subdue the gunman, were made Chevalier, knights of the Legion of Honor, by France’s president last month – France’s highest honor.