A man known for his Klay Thompson impersonations has officially been banned for life from the Chase Center after managing to fool the arena’s security team into thinking he was the basketball star.
The man’s real name is Dawson Gurley, and he has become known on YouTube for his uncanny impersonations of Warriors basketball player Klay Thompson throughout the team’s championship runs.
All of that is going to change now, however. On Monday night prior to Game 5 of the NBA finals, Gurley posted to his Twitter account revealing to his followers that the Chase Center banned him for life from the arena. He was able to trick security to the point that he was allowed onto the court to shoot hoops with the team before getting caught, and was banned for trespassing on the property.
Not only that but the events that led to his banning were filmed and later put on YouTube with the title “Fake Klay Thompson Sneaks Into NBA Finals (BANNED FOR LIFE).”
“Banned bc I walked pass 5 layers of security guards (who willingly let me through security without asking for ID) & shot around on the court for 10 minutes,” Gurley posted to his Twitter account. “I also spent 10K on tickets which they are not refunding. Why should I be banned because their security is incompetent?”
He also shared a photo of the official letter sent to him detailing his lifetime ban from the basketball arena.
When one Twitter user told him he technically did trespass, Gurley disagreed with him, stating, “Technically, I did not trespass.I talked to security, went through metal detectors and walked right into the building. They welcomed me with open arms. I also never claimed to be Klay.”
While he may not have claimed to be Thompson, the impersonator did not, as the letter states, have prior approval or the correct credentials to be on the property, and he certainly knew that he wasn’t supposed to be there.