Klay Thompson impersonator banned from Chase Center for life

Not Klay Thompson

Not Klay Thompson
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If you’ve ever walked through your town and encountered someone similar to you, then you and Warriors guard Klay Thompson have something in common. Dawson Gurley has been touring the Bay Area posing as Thompson during the team sessions championship runfooling people into thinking that he is actually the Warriors sharpshooter.

Gurley’s scam has worked so well that his hubris eventually got him into trouble. According to Gurley, he has been banned for life from the Chase Center in San Francisco. Gurley says he sauntered through multiple security checks on the morning of Game Five NBA Finals and landed on the field with jump shots. He even produced what appears to be an official letter from one of the top Warriors security officials.

It’s hard to know if Gurley is serious or joking because that’s what he was known for over the years after he picked up the “fake Klay” persona. Gurley is a YouTuber who plays pranks on people. That’s his shit. For now, no one seems to know whether this ban is real or one of Dawson’s plots to fool us all.

Deadspin contacted Warriors and Chase Center security, but we received no response to the matter. The burning questions at hand are pretty obvious. Is Mr Gurley the one who should be punished? And if so, isn’t a lifetime ban a bit strict? And if he sneaked past security, who took the picture of him on the field? After all, it’s the job of security to secure. And they failed at that, because he was all the way to court before anyone noticed.

Fake Klay only took advantage of the opportunity presented to him due to lax security. The fact that he made it through multiple security checks without a second glance is astonishing. I’m not advocating trespassing, but security at the NBA Finals should be more vigilant.

It’ll be a shame if this news is true, as fans across the bay have taken to Gurley’s antics of impersonating Thompson. Looks like he managed to trick a few people with his fake Klay act. A fan was afraid to tell his sister that she had met fake Klay, not real Klay, in front of Chase Center, hours before game five of the final.

As the Celtics If we can push this series to seven games, we can determine whether Gurley’s ban is real or fake.

[Update]† Deadspin received the following statement from the Warriors at 2:39 p.m. ET

One person falsely impersonated a Warriors player in a deliberate attempt to gain access to unauthorized areas within Chase Center. These actions have resulted in a lifetime ban from both Chase Center and Kaiser Permanente Arena.”