Jake Conrad took the Bull by the horns and went all out for his proposal to boyfriend Michael Holtzman at a Chicago Bulls game on Thursday night.
In the three days since the NBA team shared the video of Conrad popping the question, the tear-jerking proposal has racked up nearly 800,000 views. The video, posted to the Bulls’ Facebook page, shows the Bulls’ mascot Benny taking Holtzman onto the court as Conrad prepared for the big moment.
The Contours’ 1962 hit “Do You Love Me” played as Benny combed Holtzman’s hair. Then, the Bulls’ dancers provided an aisle for Conrad, who met his boyfriend and got down on one knee. With a yellow candy Ring Pop in hand, Conrad asked Holtzman to marry him. And from the looks of it (namely, Holtzman’s smile), the two became each other’s husband-to-be.
After the proposal, the two smiled for photos as Meghan Trainor’s “Dear Future Husband” played in the background.
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Bulls spokesman Ross Lipschultz released a statement to Outsports, the news site that reported this marked the first same-sex proposal at a NBA game.
“At the Chicago Bulls game vs. the San Antonio Spurs on December 8, the Bulls worked with Jake Conrad to set up an in-game proposal for his partner, Michael Holtzman,” Lipschultz said in the statement. “Michael has been a lifelong Bulls fan and watches every game. After he once told Jake that his dream was to go to a Bulls game, Jake knew he wanted to propose to Michael at a game to show him how committed he is to making Michael’s dreams come true.”
Lipschultz continued: “Jake bought tickets to the game and contacted the Bulls to purchase a fan experience package to propose before the game. The Bulls were touched by Jake and Michael’s story and wanted to make the experience extra special, so they asked Jake if he would be open to proposing during the game. Once Jake agreed, the team worked with him to set up a proposal during a timeout involving Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls. The Chicago Bulls are honored to have been part of such a special moment for this couple.”