Viral delivery driver prank causes stoppage during Loyola basketball game

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Loyola Ramblers lost to the Duquesne Dukes Wednesday night, but much of the attention on the game has been on a stoppage that took place shortly after halftime, as an apparent food delivery person stumbled onto the basketball court.

The person was “seemingly trying to deliver a bag of McDonald’s,” said Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Reporter Abby Schnable, who was at the game.

The stunt was a pre-planned prank done for "internet exposure," Duquesne University told WPXI in a statement.

"We determined that the individual was wearing a mic while someone filmed him as he walked on to the court during active play," the university told WPXI.

Although the stunt went viral, Schnable said it "seemed a littl etoo exaggerated to be real."

“Because I’ve never seen an Uber Eats, or DoorDash, or whoever it was in a uniform,” she said. “I’ve seen them have, like, hats … but he was decked out in a very flashy, bright yellow outfit.”

Schnable said security did little more than escort him off the court and to the main concourse, where, soon after, the jumbotron showed the food in the hands of an apparent customer. Schnable added getting on the big screen was probably the goal.

“When the two people ended up on the video board, the guy who received the food was waving it up and down, and a couple people cheered, but really everyone was kind of focused in on the game,” she said. “It was so not a big deal in the arena, which made it even more funny that it blew up on the internet.”

After the game, Schnable spoke to the players who were actually on the court when the stoppage occurred. She said they didn’t even know it happened until the game ended.

On Thursday evening, Schnable tweeted that the supposed delivery driver was eventually kicked out of the arena.

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