Youtube celebrity Dawson Gurley has been part of the Golden State Warriors dynasty for quite some time now. He would go to Warriors home games dressed and looking precisely like Klay Thompson, to the point that people have dubbed him as "Fake Klay."
The Youtube influencer has gone to so many games that the Internet made memes of him, like this image below from 2017.
Until Chase Center banned him for life
Unfortunately, the Warriors and their fans won't see "Fake Klay" at Chase Center for a while (or possibly forever). Just last Monday, for Game 5, Gurley (who dressed up in his usual Klay Thompson-themed attire) said he walked past five layers of security to enter Chase Center's VIP era. Little did he know that he would get caught and be issued a lifetime ban from entering the arena.
Gurley claims he has no idea why he received the ban despite talking to security, who authorized him to enter the arena. All he wanted to do was get in the arena early and watch his team's pre-game routine courtside.
According to Chase Center's security, "Fake Klay" committed criminal trespassing by disguising himself as Thompson and therefore was kicked out of the arena. He also didn't receive a refund for his $10,000 tickets. Ouch!
Not only did Chase Center take note of the 29-year-old's incident, but the Warriors themselves also issued a statement ban to the Youtube influencer. What a sad time for Gurley, who shared that he never intended to disguise himself as Thompson last Monday in the first place.
When Gurley actually did disguise himself as Thompson
Before Monday's incident, Gurley filmed himself in the past few years pretending to be his idol around the city of San Francisco. In fairness to him, his videos were as effective as his prank as they did, garnering him a lot of clicks and probably income.
Because of all his efforts, the legend of "Fake Klay" was born and helped him support his favorite team in six NBA Finals in the last eight years. He was so well-known around the fanbases that even the Warriors' social media team featured him on their pages.
But unfortunately, there comes an end to everything in life. Fake Klay will no longer be able to attend Warriors games and watch his team potentially clinch their seventh franchise title.