Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander caused quite a stir early in the season, emerging as one of the top young talents in the league. In 17 games played, Gilgeous-Alexander averages 31.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists in terms of elite shooting efficiency.
However, it seems like Gilgeous-Alexander still has a long way to go before earning the respect he deserves…no less than in his own homeland.
In one of the breaks during the Thunder’s 131-126 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets, Hailey Summers, girlfriend of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, was caught on the infamous Kiss Cam sits next to a man who appears to be either her brother or her best friend. And certainly they responded in a manner befitting one who is simultaneously confused and amused by the confusion sowed by a perhaps unknowing segment director.
This is Shai’s girlfriend… we never fight the poverty franchise allegations, omg. https://t.co/3pYU5Ofquf
— Pranav Sriraman 🇺🇸 (@PranavSriraman) November 24, 2022
Some “couples” usually say they’re “brothers” or “best friends” just so they aren’t forced to kiss in front of a noisy crowd. And as if on cue, Summers was forced to gesture and even scream that the person she was with was her brother, who was desperate to get out of their predicament.
But in this case, Hailey Summers is literally telling the truth — maybe the man she’s dating really is her biological brother, or maybe he’s too close a friend for her to treat as such. Nonetheless, the PA announcer, having heard these kinds of excuses too many times, had none of it.
“Oh, it’s your brother… sure,” the speaker announcer said as the two continued to laugh.
The announcer lol pic.twitter.com/oExbpCMWPC
— Cal (@yo_cal_) November 24, 2022
Was that a big brain teaser by the Thunder broadcast team to motivate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander? Or was this a mistake brought on by honest ignorance of their franchise player’s love life?
The latter is somewhat unlikely as Gilgeous-Alexander and Summers – a fellow athlete who herself played football for the Albany Great Danes – have been together for at least six years. SGA’s Instagram feed is even filled with pictures of him and his girlfriend!
At the end of the day, this kissing cam faux pas put at least a smile on the faces of many people around the world, maybe even Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who at least has a laugh with his girlfriend after Wednesday’s L night.