reports that the incident occurred mid-way into the basketball game between the UCLA Bruins and Richmond Spiders. UCLA won 71-63.
The "Mistletoe Cam" focuses on an unsuspecting couple who are supposed to kiss when they appear on the giant screen. But in the case of this couple, the man goes down on his knees and pulls out a ring. Yahoo quotes him, saying: "I knew that I was going to do this since the first day that I met you, and I figured now was as good a time as any." At first the girl smiles, looking surprised, but then sits in silence for a while. Suddenly, while onlookers cheer and urge her to accept, she gets up and runs out of the arena.The audience gasps as the girl runs away leaving the man on his knees.
Many have commented about the incident, saying the setting was not ideal for a marriage proposal, especially with several cell phone cameras ready to capture the moment of a possible humiliation.
Globe and Mail
notes there have been cases of public proposals and rejections that were deliberately staged to seek attention. But Sports Grid
doubts this is one of such: "The woman seemed pretty genuine in her rejection and the dude definitely looked crushed. I’ll buy it. And according to a UCLA spokesman, this proposal was not staged."
Globe and Mail
rightly wonders why some people choose to make a very personal moment such as a marriage proposal into a public spectacle. Did the man get what was coming to him?