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Proposal Rejected at UCLA Basketball Game; Real or Phony?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

We've seen it a million times -- a man proposes on the video board at a sporting event and the woman enthusiastically accepts. Well, a pre-Christmas proposal at a UCLA basketball game went horribly wrong, which raises the question -- was it real or a hoax?

Yahoo! Sports reports that during a timeout during a game on December 23, the fellow got on one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. She said no and ran off as the entire arena watched, leaving a reporter to make excuses. The video just emerged Monday night.

But here's the thing -- a similar thing happened at a New York Rangers hockey game nearly two years ago, and that turned out to be a hoax, so perhaps this one is, too.

Yahoo! is convinced it is real, writing:

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There have been some instances of attention-seeking fake marriage proposals at sporting events in the past, but this doesn't seem like one of them.

The emotions of the couple and the awkwardness of the emcee looked legit, plus a UCLA spokesman told Holmes the proposal wasn't staged. And lastly, if you were going to seek attention this winter in Los Angeles, a sparsely attended game in the midst of UCLA's train wreck of a basketball season definitely wouldn't be the ideal spot.

Decide for yourself: