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Fans catfished a college basketball player into one of his worst games

Fans catfished a college basketball player into one of his worst games


– [Seth] Guys I want to talk
about a college basketball player who thought that he
had met a potential girlfriend online but was in fact getting cat fished by an entire rival fan base. (laughing) – It’s not funny it’s really sad. – What an idiot. – A nightmare. A nightmare scenario. – No it’s great. – Okay so the year is 2006. That’s important because we need to put ourselves in a sort of 2006 head space. – You mean we need to be more innocent than we are now in 2019. – Yes, much more. – Yeah. – Gabe Pruitt, who went on
to a mediocre NBA Player, I think he played like one
or two years on the Celtics was a star guard for USC. And toward the end of the
season, March of 2006, he got an AOL instant message. A message on AIM. (giggling) – AOL instant messenger
for the children at home. – Yeah what’s that, it’s like
the Snapchat of our gen– – It’s basically just
texting on a computer. Its the equivalent of
like, DM’ing right now. – Yeah.
– Mm-hmm. – So he got an AIM message,
from an account that wasn’t in his buddy list. So someone he had never talked to before. – [Will] His buddy list.
(giggling) – [Seth] There were buddy lists. – Yeah I forgot that there was a buddy list. – And the account was ‘Sexy Bruin Babe’. – Sure. – Sexy Bruin Babe presented
herself as a student from UCLA, hence Sexy Bruin Babe. She also happened to be sexy
and share some pictures, who was interested in
hanging out with Gabe Pruitt and invited him to a
party that Saturday night. They flirted. They complimented each other. They sent each other pictures. He at one point sent this
individual who said her name was Victoria, a picture
of himself wearing a UCLA basketball jersey as in like,
her school not his school, flexing in front of a mirror. – [Clara] He’s head over heels. – This is a problem.
– Whoa. (laughing) – Clearly he was really into Victoria. And they agreed they would
meet at UCLA for a party on campus, that Saturday night. Saturday earlier, during the
day, he had a game at Cal, so, you know, up in Berkeley. Then the team would come
back, he would go to UCLA for that night, hopefully
after celebrating a win over Cal, an important rival right before the NCAA tournament. The Trojans go to Cal. Game starts. The entire Cal student
body, everyone in the crowd is chanting Gabe Pruitt’s name. His phone number. The name Victoria. They’re holding up signs
that say ‘Call Gabe” and have his phone number
on them and have images that he had sent to Victoria. – Yeah, yeah. – Oh God, kids are so cruel, it’s just– – But also so great at
organizing for nothing. To organize a cluster of 20 ish year olds, into a chant of a phone number. Like there’s orchestration
that has to happen there, that I’m pretty impressed with. – [Seth] Yeah. – But a phone number is like so many, it’s a long chant. That seems hard, yeah. – And we’ll get into the
person who actually perpetrated this, but as I’m sure we’ve all gathered, there was no Victoria. He had been cat fished. – Oh. – Are you– (giggles) – So you’re just catching up? – I wasn’t listening. (laughing) – You know what, I’m almost
glad it was a cat fish and there wasn’t like, a
real girl who defined herself as Sexy Bruin Babe. (laughing) It’s like what about me, what makes me– – [Will] What are the
three things about me? Well, I’m sexy. – [Clara] Mm-hmm. – [Will] Favorite school is UCLA. And the third thing about me,
I know I’ve said that I’m sexy but I’m also a babe. (laughing) – Did you ever, in like
sort of pre Facebook, or like proto Facebook era,
did you ever find yourself impersonating someone on the internet, or falling victim to someone
impersonating someone? – I really didn’t. – One hundred percent.
– That you know of. (Laughing) – But you did Will? – Yeah, I want to hear Clara
talk about her innocence, her youth. – Yeah I feel like I missed
out on an opportunity but like, the deceit didn’t come easily to me. I never really occurred
that could be happening, or that I should be doing that. I don’t think I even like,
traded photos with a stranger. I’m proud of myself. Yeah, this is good. – That’s great.
– Good for me. (laughing) – Have fun in heaven, like I don’t know. – There’s a really good
article, sort of history interviewing everyone
involved in this from 2016. From the ten year anniversary. Jeff Eisenberg from Yahoo
interviewed everyone involved. All of whom are like, cool about this now. Which is nice, I’m glad
nothing bad came of this. – What did Victoria have to say? (laughing) – No. – I feel like you’re still not– – Dude, if we’re talking babes. (laughing) – Get a little distracted. – So the guy who did it,
was as you might suspect a Cal student at the time,
and this was his thing. In the early days of
Facebook everyone would just, privacy didn’t exists yet. No one had considered that. We all had our phone numbers on there and our AIM screen names. – We were too dumb to use the internet. I definitely put my
phone number on Facebook and definitely had a thought
of like, babe might see. (laughing) – What, I thought you were
going to say a thought of like, this is a bad idea. – [Seth] No. – No have you heard any
of the things I’ve said? – Have you never been a 15 year old boy? I don’t understand. The other thing about Facebook
is that you would just friend whoever. If someone friend requested
you, you were like yeah sure. And like famous people
would be on Facebook and if they were our age and
kind of dumb and didn’t have agents yet, they would
put their phone numbers and friend whoever. So in college we used to always invite Roy Hibbert to our parties. Cause he was like, yeah
he friended all of us. He never came to the parties but. (laughing) You know, he went to a much
better school than I did, so Roy Hibbert you’re a
smart guy, you’re still invited to all my parties. The Cal student who perpetrated the thing, this guy would friend
players from opposing schools on Facebook, and then
he would like, you know print out pictures that they
had posted there’s like a story that he held up pictures
of Robin and Brook Lopez who were at Stanford at
the time, and like they dapped him up after the game. They’re like that was funny. – Oh yeah. – Other people got mad at him.
– Yeah. – But he would do this kind of stuff. So he made the Sexy Bruin Babe account. Invented the persona Victoria. I think he used the photo
of like a Cal student, just like someone he knew, and he tried to do this to Jordan Farmar. Another future NBA player
who was at UCLA at the time. And Jordan Farmar, who I
will point out, had a longer and more fruitful NBA
career than Gabe Pruitt, may or may not be related, was like, no, not interested. So undeterred, he moved on
to the next game, or whatever the next rival USC and
everything went great. Gabe Pruitt bought in completely. And so, after getting
texts and photos and stuff from Gabe Pruitt,
getting his phone number, sent all this stuff to his friends, figuring that a few of them
would chant at the game and they would like, hold
up signs or whatever. But it spread like wild fire
and so literally the entire crowd was chanting
Victoria, Victoria during the national anthem. – That’s a good name to chant. – And there is no question that’s what you’re doing.
– Right, right. Gabe knew immediately and
had to then explain it to all of the teammates
who didn’t know that he had a date that night. – But did he use that as
a way to unite the team and fight against a larger
enemy than intended. – Yeah, no great question. (laughing) – [Seth] Cal destroyed USC. Gabe Pruitt shot, I have it here. He shot three of 13 with
six turnovers which is a very bad game. – You can’t blame Gabe though. He just found out babe not real. (laughing) – By a large group of people. The fact he played, I would have left. Star basket ball player I
would have gotten my bag, they take a bag out, I don’t
know, gotten my back pack that I bring out to the court, and just like left. And transferred. Never seen again. – This story does not
look like this in 2019. – [Will] No. – Or anytime in the last ten years. And I will add that like,
the guy who did this to Gabe Pruitt, afterward, he had
to use the Sexy Bruin Babe account to contact him, but
contacted him and was like listen man, like that
went too far and like, appendicular, I’m sorry
that your phone number– – Well he’s the other thing,
he didn’t have to use the Sexy Babe, he could have texted him. He could have called him– – Why wasn’t Sexy babe
blocked at that point. – Okay, okay. Dude was an asshole. (laughing) – That fact that he went back to, cause that’s the moment of
like, oh your loved one died but how are they still contacting me. (laughing) – Oh Victoria. – I think the like meanest
thing I actually did, was just cyber bully Smarterchild. If you guys remember Smarterchild. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Wait we need to maybe
explain Smarterchild to the audience. – It’s maybe like, the first
bot that’s ever existed. So kind of almost like a
google instant messenger. – Yeah it was kind of a clippy for– – Yeah and it had a personality. It was like a genius child. – [Clara] Yeah.
– It was a smarter child. – Which I think is what
brought out the cyber bullying, it’s like just in it’s
screen name, Smarterchild, you think you’re better than me. (giggles) – And so you harassed the bot? – [Clara] Oh yeah. – I did this also I’m just gonna– – Yeah I don’t know, just
like strings of curse words. I remember it would always say
like, that’s not very nice. If you ever put a curse
in, even if it was nice. You’re looking fucking
great today Smarterchild, that’s not very nice. Well actually is it.
– [Will] Well it is. – Who’s so smart now? – It is nice. – That, whoever made it,
was definitely using it to harvest our personalities
and build the thing that will eventually kill all of us. – That Smarterchild, grew
up to the be Steve Google. (laughing)

Comments (100)

  1. Fellow Michigan fans, i think I figured out how to have a chance vs Ohio State

  2. I love your guys studio ?

  3. Fans can be cancerous sometimes. In fact, college and professional sports players should go meet these people in their jobs and shout at them, “BOOOO! YOU SUCK! You need to bag them groceries faster!” Or “You need to bring my food faster!” Or “You need to wipe those floors and clean those toilets better!”

  4. At least the man got a ring from the Celtics. ??‍♂️

  5. I need to find this college event on YouTube. Also, shout-out to Gabe

  6. They Manti Teo’d him

  7. Reminds me of the Manti Te'o debacle lol

  8. This channel is great, I watch all the time!

  9. You guys tell some of the best sports stories I never would have known otherwise. Hope u guys have a Merry Christmas.

  10. My school cant chant "let's go Rams"and the guys are out here chanting a phone number

  11. Ahhhhh yess, the days when we used to call it "stalkbook" and would actually think twice when the hottest girls we'd ever seen friended us out of nowhere to give us toxic links to 'nudz'

  12. Wait, so who was Victoria?

  13. the quality of these videos deserve 10 times the subs

  14. Manti T’eo and Ray Allen disliked this video

  15. This is like the meanest thing you can do to a kid that’s not illegal

  16. I don’t understand superstar athletes getting catfished… feel like you have to be pretty desperate for that

  17. Imagine the opposing fans standing there holding up catfish posters and Gabe is just standing there like “Huh, that’s odd. Now where’s my girl?”

  18. was literally just binged this playlist

  19. Where’s part 2 of ruining the nba?!?

  20. i feel for my guy.

  21. Where is the video of this game?? The world needs to see!

  22. Look at the smug faces on those two. I hope they experience the pain of being cat fished some day.

  23. “That’s great. Have fun in heaven.”
    Will’s comments made this episode amazing.

  24. This channel is always talking down on Usc do we have some bRuins alumni

  25. I used to date Gabe Pruitt's younger sister

  26. That's actually a genius idea. Imagine if that happened to someone in the NBA during the finals.

  27. Clara bullied Smarter Child, so I guess we know who to blame for the inevitable robot uprising

  28. It would be better if it was just the dude telling the story and that's it..

  29. A super interesting story told by insufferably annoying people

  30. bruh what are those

  31. That’s the homie from Compton 2006 was different way different

  32. So you’re saying that USC got tricked by a fake profile? Paint me shocked

  33. was that like snaaaap chaaaat of our generatioooon. like what are newspapers? how do I like open canned corn without Alexa? OK Zoomer.

  34. I wonder if everyone will be having so much fun if the genders were reversed?

  35. You’re an athlete at usc with some of the most beautiful girls in the country and you fall for sexybruinsgirl? He deserved it smh

  36. That's great, have fun in heaven lol

  37. Love this channel but man there's a lot of dead or rambling air in these videos. This video could easily be like 6-7 minutes

  38. Just so you guys know, the previous episode is on the "That`s Weird" Playlist twice.

  39. Any footage from the game?

  40. the fact that he had to explain that 3-13 and 6 turnovers is a bad game to that dude proves why he is completely useless for this show.

  41. I'm just not ready for this upset.

  42. The 2012 UCL final deserves a rewind
    On his last game for the club he had made himself a legend for, Drogba scored both the equaliser and the winning penalty in a comeback against Bayern to win Chelsea the trophy that had evaded them for years

    We can forget the time Drogba came back for another season and did nothing, okay

  43. Ok Millennials

    A Gen Z member

  44. Wow! I forgot about this dude he used to come of the bench for the Celtics only on garbage time..

  45. Manti Te'o: The Prequel

  46. Daaaaaaammmmmmnnnnnnn, that is cold blooded. Those fans are REALLY invested, and locked in! Lmfao!

  47. Pretty sure TLC’s hearing this and going, “we should make a series of this, but like, irl. I mean, it exists, but still…let’s get it greenlit”

  48. These people are still too dumb to use the internet.

  49. Mante Yeo was gay. That's why he made all that up.

  50. Y'all need to do a video on Manti Te'o now!!!

  51. The 22 dislikes are the students from the stands

  52. "I'm not a 14 year old girl, I just play one on the internet!"

  53. 0:54 – for the children at home, think Discord DMs and that's basically what AIM was.

  54. whos the babe in the skin tight jeans? lemme catfish her one time

  55. "Babe not real" ??‍♂️

  56. When girls only take pics of their face at a certain angle and then you find out that they’re an absolute unit

  57. Attempt 6: Beef History Shaq and Kobe or Collapse Miami Heat

  58. That chick reminds me of Amy Poehler , idk why

  59. "Its like texting on a computer"

  60. All this AOL instant messaging talk brings me right back to middle school!

  61. The sad part is they had to explain what AOL instant messenger was

  62. Gabe Pruitt was on the celtics for 07-09. He was on the Celtics championship team. Then he got garbage time for 09 and then never got back into the NBA. He last was on the Sukhbaatar Alians Tekh (2018) in Asia.

  63. Ahhhh the good ole days!

  64. Just hearing that opening door sound gave me a really strange feeling that isn't even nostalgia but some awful panic that I can't explain
    Lmao

  65. 7:35 "You can't blame Gabe"
    Yes you can. He could've done what Jordan did, or at least not send the photos of him in the UCLA jersey. He did all of that to himself

  66. I went to Westchester with him

  67. When did rolling up your pant legs become ok again?

  68. lol at the AIM sound effects at the end, brilliant

  69. Go Bears! That Cal team, led by consensus second-team All-American and soon-to-be-drafted Leon Powe, needed a win to make the tournament. They got that win thanks to Gabe Pruitt and Victoria.

  70. so if the guy knowingly catfishes another guy, doesn’t that make him gay?

  71. I remember smarter child, stupid bots

  72. MSN Messenger, AIM, MySpace all sum up my teen years straight up lol

  73. so wait I don't get it. Did he and Victoria end up together or what?

  74. Change the title to Three Nerds Try To Remember Things About The Internet

  75. Hey off topic. I read your article about the California situation. I felt that. I wish you guys the best. You put so much effort into the SB brand and give so much insight into memories that so many people over looked. Wish the BEST. Keep it up ☝??

  76. Hearing those AIM sound effects again is creeping me the hell out.

  77. three nerds pat themselves on the back for knowing the basics

  78. Video Idea: Rewinder

    Minneapolis Miracle.

    Copy this so they can see…

  79. To much whiteness on this pannel like damn sb nation cant get one black or brown person

  80. This video would be so much better with different people, everything else was amazing

  81. Manti Teo vibes lmao

  82. 2006 head space? More like MySpace lol

  83. Your the idiot that looks like you have been catfished by plenty of men.

  84. Is this the studio from the last season of uffsides

  85. Why is this woman on here? She's annoying.

  86. Lmao this is legendary

  87. should have used the name Cecilia – they could have had a good sing song

  88. "have fun in heaven" ???

  89. Don’t think I’ve heard the words “buddy list” in most if not all of decade jfc

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