Jack Nicholson is known for his support of the Los Angeles Lakers, regularly sitting courtside to cheer on his favorite team.
But Thursday, he decided to visit the Staples Center to watch the city’s other basketball team, the Clippers, face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA playoffs.
Nicholson’s appearance spurred a rumor firestorm online. Was he switching allegiances? Jumping on the Clippers bandwagon?
Jack Nicholson going to a Clippers game would be outrageous if I was sure he knew he was at a Clippers game— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 16, 2014
Jack Nicholson at the Clippers game... #Gangsta— Christopher KID Reid (@kidfromkidnplay) May 16, 2014
Or was he simply trying to jinx the Clippers?
Yeah, I went up and asked Nicholson if he was a Clipper fan now. He said, "no, but I'm rooting for them tonight."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 16, 2014
I said to Jack, "You know you're making the Laker fans nervous." He smiled and said, "Good"— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 16, 2014
Jack Nicholson, on what brought him out to the Clippers game: "N.B.A."— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 16, 2014
The intrigue reached a new level after video emerged showing Nicholson, 77, snubbing a boy trying to shake his hand.
The Clippers lost the game 104-98, getting eliminating from postseason play. Nicholson didn’t seem too upset. Clippers fans were quick to blame him.
Jack Nicholson had a smile on his face as he left Staples Center.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 16, 2014
Lol Jack Nicholson the troll of the nba world— ?^-^? (@justinenguyen) May 16, 2014
It's Jack Nicholson's fault the clippers lost— emily ? (@emily_fassl) May 16, 2014