There goes the bride… The moment girl runs away after boyfriend proposes on stadium cam at basketball game
As far as marriage proposals go, the efforts of one young basketball fan at a college game in Los Angeles appeared, at the very least, sweet and well-intended.
Embarrassingly for him, however, his girlfriend didn't think so and flatly rejected his proposal in front of a stadium of booing spectators.
The pair were captured on the stadium camera during the half-time entertainment during a game between UCLA and Richmond on December 23.
I don't: A young couple are thrilled to be caught on UCLA's stadium camera – but when the man pulls out an engagement ring, things begin to go awry
The crowd watched the scene unfold as the young man knelt down to ask for his girlfriend's hand.
Initially showing great excitement at being given the chance to kiss her partner on the big screen, she affectionately reached for his face with a big smile.
But as he stood up and the UCLA host came over to offer him the microphone, her smile turned into a look of mild confusion and surprise.
Her boyfriend then reached into his pocket, produced a box and said: '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.'
Looking for an escape: After considering the ring, her expression turned serious and the crowd began to shout 'say yes!'
When he opened the box to present the ring, the young woman's attitude appeared to change.
She asked him a barely audible
question which could have been: 'Is this a joke' To which he quite
clearly replied: 'No, it's serious.'
The girlfriend hesitated for a moment and then picking up her bag, left the scene in a hurry.
Offering words of consolation the host said: 'Sometimes we get a
little camera shy,' but the rejected lover departed shortly after with
his head hanging low in shame.
Rejected: Audience members look embarrassed while the jilted lover looks forlorn before leaving himself
Several blogs are now debating whether the proposal was even genuine, since couples have been known to stage such performances at basketball and hockey games in the past.
Also up for debate is whether, since what is intended to be a romantic gesture can quickly become a spectacle of public ridicule, proposing in front of an audience is a clever idea at all.
The Los Angeles Times confirmed that a UCLA spokesman had said the proposal was not staged.
And it is perhaps worth noting that the stadium was barely even full at the time which would make it a strange event at which to pull such a farce.