Sabrina Ionescu was in disbelief when a fan wearing her jersey seemingly had his proposal rejected in humiliating fashion during a game
A fan at Friday's NY Liberty game proposed to his girlfriend while wearing a Sabrina Ionescu jersey.
He was seemingly rejected in devastating fashion, as the incident unfolded on the arena's Jumbotron.
Ionescu wrote on Instagram that she was "HURT" by the rejection and offered to sign the jersey.
A fan wearing a Sabrina Ionescu jersey got down on one knee to ask one of the biggest questions of his life at Friday's New York Liberty game.
It doesn't look as though he got the answer he wanted.
With five minutes remaining in the Liberty's home matchup against the Washington Mystics, the man appears to have proposed to his girlfriend while the pair were displayed on the Barclays Center Jumbotron.
The woman - who looked flustered and "CLEARLY didn't want to be on the Jumbotron," according to reporter Courtney Stith - bent down to kiss the man before waving her hands and turning away from him. She then gathered her things and made her way out of the stands in a hurry.
As if having the devastating moment broadcast for the entire arena to see wasn't enough humiliation for one man, another spectator managed to capture the scene to share on Twitter. It's racked up nearly 9,000 views in three days and picked up hundreds of thousands more across the internet:
-🧍🏾♀️ (@416KLOW) September 18, 2021
Some video viewers suspected that the proposal was staged, as has become common at major sporting events. But fans at the Barclays Center who experienced the second-hand embarrassment seemed convinced that the blistering rejection was very real.
Ionescu wasn't sure what to believe. After the game - in which she helped New York to much-needed win with 22 points, five rebounds, and nine assists - the young Liberty star shared the botched proposal on her Instagram story and wrote that there's "no way this was real."
"No way he got rejected like that in my jersey..." Ionescu added. "I was HURT!"
She then issued a call for her followers to help find the spurned fan so she can sign his jersey.
"Someone find this man and let me sign his jersey please!!!!!!" Ionescu wrote.
As of this article's writing, the identity of the fan in question remains unclear. And while Ionescu will surely continue her bid to offer him a consolation prize, she'll be a bit preoccupied with the WNBA playoffs, which begin on Thursday.
She and the Liberty will travel to Arizona to take on the Phoenix Mercury and their Big 3 of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, and Skylar Diggins-Smith in a single-elimination game Thursday night. Fans can tune in to the do-or-die matchup on ESPN2 at 10 pm EST.
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