- Beyoncé and Jay-Z were spotted sitting courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on Wednesday.
- The couple was on hand to cheer for the Golden State Warriors as they went up against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.
- While their team failed to take home a win, one moment caught on camera went viral.
- A woman named Nicole Curran was seen speaking with the couple and at one point leaned over Beyoncé to talk to Jay-Z.
- The moment quickly became a meme.
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On Wednesday night, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were spotted sitting courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, but the evening got them a bit more attention than usual thanks to one viral moment.
They were on hand to cheer for the Golden State Warriors as they went up against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena, and they sat next to the Warriors’ majority owner, Joe Lacob, and his wife, Nicole Curran.
Though the Warriors didn’t cinch the win, scoring 109 points to the Raptors’ 123, there was one moment between Beyoncé and Curran that people on social media can’t stop talking about.
In a video posted by ESPN’s Twitter account during the game, Jay-Z and Beyoncé can be seen chatting with Curran and excitedly waving at fans.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are courtside for Game 3 ???? pic.twitter.com/6mmJuN8Odn
— ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2019
In the 13-second clip, Curran can also be seen leaning over the “Formation” singer to chat with Jay-Z. The moment sent social-media users into a tailspin.
Fans tried to dissect the moment, attempting to interpret what Jay-Z and Curran might have been saying to each other, the body language of all three of them, and the conversations likely ensued between the couple on the way home from the game.
Of course, it’s worth noting that these reactions are entirely speculative, and it’s impossible to know exactly what was going on in this quick video clip. But that didn’t stop fans from guessing.
Some users reacted to what they interpreted as Beyoncé’s icy body language in the moment
I would leave the earth if Beyonce looked this ready to smack me https://t.co/Yaf4JKeMhN
— KB (@KaraRBrown) June 6, 2019
beyoncé’s face when shorty leaned over to talk to jay ???????????? pic.twitter.com/5PqIhCmgGy
— iffy (@somalijawn) June 6, 2019
i’m weak ???????????? pic.twitter.com/lFSRqk4zTP
— William Vercetti (@williamvercetti) June 6, 2019
The way bey scooted up at the end is sending me pic.twitter.com/yb5KZDx3sP
— honeyLEO (@_DMLEE_) June 6, 2019
Naturally, fans dished a few jokes about “Becky with the good hair,” one of Beyoncé’s iconic lines from her hit song “Sorry” on her album “Lemonade.”
Beyonce: “This Becky with the good hair bout to get her wig split” pic.twitter.com/1BpSWdYzNB
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) June 6, 2019
He betta call becky with the good hair.mp3 pic.twitter.com/DvZGZtNh6j
— c. (@liquorbey) June 6, 2019
And some joked about how this may have turned into a testy date night
beyonce definitely didn’t think that tonight of all nights that she’d have to hit a woman with a shoulder nudge in rare burberry but here we are.
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) June 6, 2019
[THE RIDE HOME AFTER THE GAME]
????????????: I don’t care if you made a billion or a gazillion. You still didn’t introduce me or let my presence be known.
Jay-Z: ????????♂️ But you’re Beyoncé. You don’t need an introduc-
????????????: Wait til we get home.
Limo Driver: How bout that game? ????????
— Omari Brown (@OmariBchillin) June 6, 2019
Neither Beyoncé nor Jay-Z commented on the video clip, but Bey did post shots of her outfit on Instagram, as well as a selfie alongside a photo and a video clip of the moment in question, though Curran was cropped out.
Curran also posted a screengrab from the game on her Instagram – seemingly to dispel any controversy surrounding her interactions with the rapper – of herself gesturing toward the “Lion King” star, with Jay out of the frame. She captioned the shot “We should all help and support each other” and disabled comments on the post.
Beyoncé’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure seemed to address the situation on her Instagram and asked fans to be kind to everyone.
“I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love,” she wrote. “Every single day on that tour I saw love. Which is why I also want to speak here to the beautiful BeyHiVE. I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human. It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you.”