Video Of ‘Fake Klay Thompson’ Emerges, Shows Him Walking Through Security, Taking Shots At Chase Center

On the surface, the idea that “Fake Klay Thompson” managed to make his way onto the court of the Chase Center to participate in a shootaround is hard to fathom.

YouTube personality Dawson Gurley claimed he made his way through five layers of security before Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday dressed as Thompson. He was eventually identified and handed a lifetime ban from Chase Arena. Video has since surfaced showing his journey through security, who didn’t seem to question whether or not it was the real Thompson.

“What the f*ck,” Gurley says after an employee inside the building said “Let’s get a dub today, Klay.”

From there, Gurley was free and made his was to the court, where he even knocked down a few from behind the arc. But once Gurley air-balled a layup, the jig was up.

And he knew it.

“Let’s get out,” Gurley said.

But before he could, one on-court security guard figured out it wasn’t the real Thompson and escorted Gurley out of the building.

“I’m glad we found you but that was pretty good though,” the security guard said.

Gurley may never be able to watch his Warriors at home again, but he’s fine with that. After all, he was an NBA player for all of 10 minutes. Worth it? You be the judge.

“Im being contacted by a lot of news organizations to do interviews,” Gurley tweeted. “As of now I will not be doing any. Don’t want to make this a bigger deal than it is, the chase center has every right to ban me. I get it. No hard feelings. Had fun doing it.”

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.


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  1. You can have all the fanciest security systems in the world, but it still comes down to the humans operating those systems. They have to ask for ID, even if 999 out of 1,000 times, it inconveniences the real Klay Thompson, but that 1 time it’s a fake Klay Thompson, that check is vital. We can laugh now, but it could have been a lot worse.

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