'DoorDash driver' walks onto court during Duquesne-Loyola Chicago game in apparent social media stunt
Someone working at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh really wanted McDonald’s on Wednesday night — or so it seemed.
A DoorDash delivery driver wandered onto the court with a bag of food and a drink from McDonald's just minutes into the second half of Duquesne's men's basketball game against Loyola Chicago on Tuesday night.
Though we're still left with plenty more questions than answers, the current consensus is that the game was a backdrop for a YouTuber or TikToker's social media content.
The delivery person seemed lost and, after looking around the arena for a little bit, suddenly decided to walk right behind play. That spooked a referee and briefly led to a delay in the game.
The whole situation was ridiculous. Just watch:
Stoppage in Play. Uber Eats delivery guy goes on court with food delivery in the middle of the Duquesne game. pic.twitter.com/rY4VFIsJnR
— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) January 26, 2023
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Abby Schnable, someone at the video board had ordered the food and received it, allowing the game to continue. While the explanation would have still raised some questions about the quality of Duquesne's security, it was later refuted.
Loyola Chicago's assistant athletics director, Austin Hansen, shared new footage of the incident on Wednesday night, adding that the "delivery person" was wearing a lavalier microphone and faked the scene for internet clout.
"I did not order the McDonald's, even though it was being 'delivered' steps from my camera position," Hansen wrote.
The footage shows that a referee eventually guided the prankster back to the stands with the McDondald's still in his hands.
Everyone keeps asking me what happened with the door dash guy on the court at tonights game. Here was my angle.
A thread... pic.twitter.com/QMY3nmw2tq
— Austin Hansen (@AustinHansenTV) January 26, 2023
Duquesne said in a statement Thursday that it was reviewing its security protocols after the "prank."
"We strive to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for guests and participants at all events on our campus. We also rely on common courtesy and the civility of those in attendance to adhere to the guidelines that are in place," the school said in a statement, via ESPN. "This was a prank, planned in advance, done for internet exposure. We determined that the individual was wearing a mic while someone filmed him as he walked on to the court during active play. While the incident may have seemed funny at the time, and no harm was done, we are mindful that incidents like this can put players and officials at risk.
"The University has reviewed its safety protocols and tightened its security measures to ensure conditions for our players and fans are safe and meet the standards for the highest level of competition in college basketball."
Duquesne beat Loyola Chicago 72-58, which snapped a two-game losing skid for the Dukes. For what it's worth, the team got a laugh out of it when they thought there was an earnest delivery.
“I really didn't see it, that's how crazy it is,” Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I just saw the video after the game. Our guys were dying laughing in [the locker room]. Guy had a job to do. He did his job well.”