For Immediate Release
Hungry Ex-Raptors player Delon Wright loses his swag and makes a serious fashion faux pas
Have a Snickers before you suit up
Toronto, ON, February 8, 2019 – Recently traded Raptors sensation Delon Wright surprised fans as he approached the locker room, red-carpet style, HUNGRY! Nothing good happens when an NBA player forgets to eat before a big game. The ex-Toronto Raptors point guard made a hungry decision and wore a ridiculously oversized suit, perhaps a throwback to 2003, on his tunnel walk to the locker room. https://youtu.be/pzWFs7nS-PA
Just hours before one of the biggest games of the year, the usually fashion-forward Wright made the unexpected fashion statement by sporting a suit that reminded many basketball fans of the 2003 NBA draft class. When an image of Delon in the getup was posted to the Raptors social media accounts just before the game, the story went viral.
Within hours Wright was a national trending topic on Twitter and had been meme-ified dozens of times over. National sports publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Bleacher Report and Sportsnet, had all weighed in on the picture. The next morning, the picture set NBA Twitter ablaze and generated over 15 million impressions.
Most fans assumed this was a questionable fashion choice, but the next day it was revealed to be the result of an empty stomach when Wright went online to thank Snickers for satisfying his hunger and saving basketball fans from any future fashion fiascos. The stunt was a continuation of Snickers’ longstanding “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” campaign and an amplification of their ongoing partnership with the Toronto Raptors.
The campaign stunt was conceived by BBDO Toronto and executed on social media by FleishmanHillard HighRoad (organic) and Mediacom (paid strategy).
“The tunnel walk has become a red carpet for NBA players,” explains Denise Rossetto, chief creative officer at BBDO Toronto. “It gets covered and talked about almost as much as the game itself, but we’d never seen a brand inject itself into this moment. We say this was a perfect opportunity for Snickers.”
The stunt proved that not only are you not yourself when you’re hungry, you also lose your swag. Hopefully Delon eats a Snickers before the next big game.
Social links to the memes here:
Sports Illustrated: https://twitter.com/SI_ExtraMustard/status/1091202168537915393
Reveal video: https://www.filecargo.ca/message/t5ECicDXrSGLSIqvG9djJv
Creative Agency: BBDO Toronto Chief Creative Officer: Denise Rossetto, Todd Mackie
VP, Associated Creative Director: Derek Blais
Associated Creative Director: Rana Chatterjee, Jeff Cheung
Copywriter: London Choi
VP, Group Account Director: Stephanie Page
Account Director: Stephanie Martins
Account Supervisor: Sydney Starke
VP, Planning: Tom Kenny
Digital Strategist: Courtney Dionne
Producer: Paul Fler
Editor: Jeremy Sedge
Media Agency: MediaCom
Social Media: FleishmanHillard HighRoad
Post Production: Ricochet