Monday night’s tilt between the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trailblazers sent the fans at State Farm Arena home happy. The hometown Hawks got a big win over Portland. The Hawks PR team also scored a victory in the form of a hilarious viral video.

In-arena gimmicks to keep the crowd lively during breaks in the action are nothing new. Popularized by the “Kiss Cam” and other such entertainment, it gives the crowd something to look at when nothing is going on in the game. The Hawks PR team created a fantastic scene that has gone viral on social media.

The Hawks’ mascot, Harry the Hawk, was shown carrying around a handheld device that can determine whether a diamond is real or not. Harry approached some allegedly newly-engaged Portland fans to check out their rock. The test revealed that the diamond was a fake, and the woman “angrily” stormed off.

These types of tricks inside the arena are often staged. Several outlets incorrectly reported that the game took place in Portland, where this would have made some modicum of sense. The video clearly shows that this is State Farm Arena in Atlanta, where the game took place. The whole thing was probably just to get the fans to boo Portland by portraying their fans as cheap.

A flight from Portland to Atlanta to go along with courtside tickets would be out of reach for anyone who couldn’t afford a real diamond. Nevertheless, it was a fun way to engage the crowd. The couple was most likely comprised of actors or Atlanta Hawks staffers.

For what it was, the video was hilarious. The object was to entertain Hawks fans in the arena. Not only did they achieve that, but they also got some national publicity. Good work, Atlanta!

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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