Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul Moves Beyond Meat with Vegan Diet

Rumors about Chris Paul’s future with the Houston Rockets have made the rounds since he, James Harden and company were bounced from the second round of the NBA playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. While Chris denies that he’s asked for a trade out of Space City—let alone demanded one—there’s at least one major change he’s confirmed: that he’s going vegan.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the nine-time All-Star gave up consuming animal products in mid-June, though he’d previously made moves in that direction. In February, Forbes’ Shlomo Sprung reported that Chris had joined former Los Angeles Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan and fellow All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving as an investor in Beyond Meat, a Southern California-based company that produces plant-based meat substitutes. Per the Los Angeles Times’ LZ Granderson, DeAndre was the one who first convinced Chris to try Beyond Meat.

Chris’ involvement with Beyond Meat has since seen him serve as a “Beyond Ambassador” in a commercial for the company.

The switch to a plant-based diet could be just what CP needs to extend his Hall-of-Fame career. The 34-year-old has missed 20 games or more in each of his last three seasons and five of eight campaigns overall.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.