Warriors: Klay Thompson impersonator reaches Chase Center floor, banned for life

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.

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

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