Lakers player Anthony Davis can be seen driving towards the hoop, running into Spurs player Rudy Gay, who is defending, in the process. They both fall over. Davis lands on top of Gay. Gay then grabs Davis around the neck in what initially looks like a grappling move, but then – by the wry smiles seen on each players’ face as they get up – turns out to be friendly high jinx.
A wholesome moment.
Unfortunately, various Instagram commenters didn’t see it that way. Instead, they mocked the man on man action. Though some comments were made in good humour (see: “the only way to slow down AD”), others were homophobic.
A smattering of the remarks, showcasing the range of immature innuendo, can be seen below:
“Breaking: Dwight Howard traded to Spurs.”
“That’s how he got his last name.”
“Ad looking like he like tht.”
“Thats kinda sus.”
Our take? It’s beyond time America stopped automatically mocking ‘bromantic’ moments, and this incident highlights it.
Why? First of all, unless you’re still living under the narrow-minded, discriminatory mindset of bygone eras, you shouldn’t see anything wrong with there being a romantic factor at play.