Klay Thompson imposter gets LIFETIME ban from Warriors home games after conning his way onto court


Klay Thompson imposter, 29, gets LIFETIME ban from Warriors home games after conning his way onto the court for a 10-minute shootaround prior to Game 5 of the NBA Finals

  • A Klay Thompson imposter has received a lifetime ban from Warriors home games after conning his way onto the court for a 10-minute shootaround
  • YouTube prankster Dawson Gurley revealed his ban on Twitter Tuesday
  • Gurley, who wore Thompson’s uniform, says he walked by five layers of security 

A Klay Thompson imposter has received a lifetime ban from Golden State Warriors home games after conning his way onto the court for a 10-minute shootaround prior to Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in San Francisco.

That man, YouTube prankster Dawson Gurley, revealed his suspension on Twitter Tuesday, potentially signaling the end of a bit that began during the Warriors’ 2015 title run. 

‘Banned bc I walked past 5 layers of security guards (who willingly let me through security without asking for ID) & shot around on the court for 10 minutes,’ Gurley tweeted alongside a photograph of the letter he received from Golden State.

He also posted a picture of himself on the court, flashing a hand gesture players use to celebrate a made 3-point attempt, as Thompson often does. 

A Klay Thompson imposter has received a lifetime ban from Golden State Warriors home games after conning his way onto the court for a 10-minute shootaround prior to Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in San Francisco. That man, YouTube prankster Dawson Gurley (pictured), revealed his suspension on Twitter Tuesday, potentially signaling the end of a bit that began during the Warriors' 2015 title run

A Klay Thompson imposter has received a lifetime ban from Golden State Warriors home games after conning his way onto the court for a 10-minute shootaround prior to Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in San Francisco. That man, YouTube prankster Dawson Gurley (pictured), revealed his suspension on Twitter Tuesday, potentially signaling the end of a bit that began during the Warriors’ 2015 title run

Gurley pictured years earlier impersonating Thompson

Warriors star Klay Thompson

Gurley began impersonating Thompson (right) during the Warriors’ 2015 title run (left)

Gurley isn't fighting the suspension, but he does disagree with some of the finer points of the Warriors' letter, such as the accusation of trespassing

Gurley isn’t fighting the suspension, but he does disagree with some of the finer points of the Warriors’ letter, such as the accusation of trespassing 

Gurley certainly dressed the part, wearing the Warriors’ home white jersey and matching shorts, along with an official team hooded sweatshirt. And for his part, he does resemble Thompson with his dark beard, but the 29-year-old Gurley’s frame is a bit shorter and wider than the 6-foot-6 NBA All-Star.

Warriors spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com for confirmation.

‘You deliberately deceived Chase Center building personnel by impersonating a GSW employee,’ read the letter.

‘Your actions can also be deemed to be an act of criminal trespass, as we reserve the right to pursue any criminal charges through The City of San Francisco Police Department and the City Attorney of San Francisco office.’

Gurley said he does not regret his decision, even if it did result in a lifetime ban from the arena

Gurley said he does not regret his decision, even if it did result in a lifetime ban from the arena

Gurley rejects the claim that he trespassed, given his claim that security didn't stop him

Gurley rejects the claim that he trespassed, given his claim that security didn’t stop him 

Gurley declined to do any media following his memorable 10-minute NBA career

Gurley declined to do any media following his memorable 10-minute NBA career 

Gurley isn’t fighting the suspension, but he does disagree with some of the finer points of the Warriors’ letter.

‘Im being contacted by a lot of news organizations to do interviews,’ Gurley wrote. ‘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.’

The biggest problem, as Gurley sees it, is that his $10,000 ticket wasn’t refunded following his ejection.

‘I also spent 10K on tickets which they are not refunding,’ he tweeted. ‘Why should I be banned because their security is incompetent?’

Gurley is arguing that he ‘technically didn’t trespass’ since he was permitted on the court by security.

The real Thompson managed just fine without Gurley on Monday, scoring 21 points as the Warriors took a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Celtics with a 104-94 Game 5 win.

Game 6 will be played Thursday in Boston, where the Warriors can clinch the seventh NBA title in franchise history.

The real Thompson managed just fine without Gurley on Monday, scoring 21 points as the Warriors took a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Celtics with a 104-94 Game 5 win

The real Thompson managed just fine without Gurley on Monday, scoring 21 points as the Warriors took a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Celtics with a 104-94 Game 5 win

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