Warriors permanently ban Klay Thompson impersonator from Chase Center after Game 5 stunt

Warriors permanently ban Klay Thompson impersonator from Chase Center after Game 5 stunt

YouTuber Dawson Gurley has become known for his Klay Thompson impersonation, which he has been doing for at least seven years. It started gaining traction in 2017 with an NBA Finals Prank video. But as of Tuesday, the antics are over, as “Fake Klay” has been banned for life from the Chase Center.

A day after Gurley claimed he had been banned, Golden State officially confirmed the ban was real.

“An individual impersonated a Warriors player in a deliberate attempt to gain access to unauthorized areas of Chase Center,” a Warriors spokesperson told SFGATE. “These actions resulted in a lifetime ban from Chase Center and Kaiser Permanente Arena.”

Gurley will also not be welcome at Kaiser Permanente Arena, home of the Warriors’ G League side in Santa Cruz.

In numerous videos on his social media accounts, Gurley shows how he walks around town and tricks people into thinking he really is Golden State’s superstar. He signs autographs, takes pictures with unsuspecting fans, and occasionally shows off his skills by playing one-on-one with random people. The YouTuber even shared clips of him cheating on staff members in the Warriors arena.

But the Warriors drew the line with Gurley’s antics after going past five layers of security guards, taking to the field and circling for about 10 minutes before Game 5 of the NBA Finals series against the Boston Celtics.

Gurley started tweeting about the incident at 4:17 p.m. PT, approximately two hours before the whistleblowing. He told his supporters that he was present but had just been banned from home games. About an hour later, the YouTuber shared an official letter signed by Brian J. Herbert, vice president of security for the Golden State Warriors.

He claimed to have spent $10,000 on tickets, which he said the organization would not refund.

The letter Gurley shows explains that the actions may “be considered an act of criminal trespassing”, to which he responded by saying that is technically not true as he spoke to security and walked through detectors of metals. He also shared a screenshot of the definition of trespass to try to support his argument.

Several fans fell on him before the start of Game 5, and there’s also video of what appears to be the shootout that allegedly got him into trouble.

It doesn’t look like Fake Klay had a good night, but the real Klay Thompson then scored 21 points on 50% shooting from the field to help his team win 104-94. Golden State now holds a 3-2 series lead.

Gurley has already released a new YouTube video (see below) that shows how it all went down.

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