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'Fake Kawhi Leonard' at Raptors championship parade baffles fans on Twitter

Kelsey Driscoll

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors took to the streets to celebrate their first championship in franchise history, which they claimed after beating the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals. 

Fans turned out in droves to get a glimpse of the trophy and the team's stars, including Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and ... a fake Kawhi Leonard?

According to Toronto-based site blogTO, a man dressed in a full Leonard uniform with a similar hairstyle to the NBA Finals MVP was seen mingling with fans along the parade route, even signing autographs and taking selfies. 


The real Kawhi Leonard, of course, is 6-foot-7 and was on a float with his teammates and the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy for the duration of the parade. 

There's a chance the fans posing with fake Kawhi knew that he was, indeed, not the real Kawhi and were simply having a good time celebrating their team – but Twitter users, as always, had plenty to say on the matter. 

Leonard has only been with the Raptors for one season, but he's been a recognizable face in the NBA for years. Here's hoping we don't see any of this fake Kawhi merch end up on eBay once these fans realize their mistakes. 

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