A man who looked a lot like Klay Thompson made his way onto the Chase Center court Monday ahead of NBA Finals Game 5 and drilled a couple of 3-pointers.
The Warriors promptly banned him from Chase Center — because he was not Thompson. He was Dawson Gurley, a YouTuber from Arizona who has been seen before at Warriors games dressed like Thompson.
The real Klay Thompson said he saw the reports that his impersonator was banned from Chase Center.
“Oh man, poor guy,” the actual Thompson said Wednesday. “Just trying to get some good content.”
He added, “You play stupid games you get rewarded stupid prizes.”
Gurley posted a video online of his escapade, including being served with a ban from the arena by a person he identified as Chase Center’s vice president of security. He also posted a photo of his ban letter.
“An individual falsely impersonated a Warriors player in a deliberate attempt to access unauthorized areas within Chase Center,” a Warriors spokesperson said in an email. “These actions have resulted in a lifetime ban from both Chase Center and Kaiser Permanente Arena.”
Gurley and his cameraperson simply waltzed right into Chase Center through the media and player entrance, receiving a bit of encouragement from someone near the security checkpoint.
“Let’s get a dub today, Klay,” the man said.
“We got this,” Gurley responded, turning to the camera in disbelief.
After a few shots on the court, a security guard approached Gurley asking whether he had any credentials, then escorted him with a laugh out of the arena bowl and through the security checkpoint (but not before he took a photo with Bay Area rapper P-Lo, who may or may not have known it wasn’t Thompson).
Gurley claimed that he had paid $10,000 for tickets to the game, and the security guard suggested he would be able to attend the game: “You are welcome as a ticketed guest.”
In the end, Gurley was not welcomed into the game, and the head of security told him that a ticket refund was not up to the Warriors because he bought them on the secondary market.
But this may not be the last we see of Gurley: “I guess we gotta go to Boston,” he said in wrapping up his day.
Contributed by local news sources