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Nets CEO yells at bag-wearing fan

Mar 23, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

Can you believe that Nets fans are unhappy with this team?

What is there for the fans to be unhappy about? The ingrates. Monday night the Nets provided fans the chance to see Dwyane Wade do whatever he wanted on offense, to put on a real show for the fans. Wade obliged, dropping 27 and helping the Nets to their 7-63 record on the season.

So why would a fan wear a paper bag over his head? That’s what Net’s CEO Brett Yormark wanted to know, and the New York Daily News saw the incident. (via Slam)

With the Nets trailing 79-67 between the third and fourth quarters, Yormark left his courtside seat and passed Chris Lisi of Middletown, N.J., who was sitting in the second row and wearing a paper bag over his head. Yormark then walked back toward Lisi, and in full view of reporters and photographers got into a shouting match with Lisi and a pal.

As Yormark jabbed his finger toward Lisi as he shouted something, Lisi pulled out a pair of tickets and waved them back at the CEO, who then stomped away as security personnel approached.

Just when you think the Nets can’t make things any worse for themselves.

Lesi later said that Yormark asked him why he was wearing bag and he had replied sarcastically, “Because the Nets are so good.” That apparently set Yormark off.

Yormark, we get you’re frustrated. That much losing wears on people. But you know what we’re going to say here, right? That if you don’t want fans with bags on their heads at the games, put a team on the court that wins some games.

If you have a team on the way to a futility mark, you take what the fans dish out and just be thankful they are still buying any tickets.

  1. Dusty - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    How about proofreading this before posting? Net’s? Wrong version of you’re? Don’t let the Nets suck you down the futility hole, Kurt.

  2. WOW - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    this is the poorest article i’ve ever read. YOU CAN”T WRITE KURT. Proofread this, jesus….

  3. Eliott - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Hahaha…you stole my thunder, Dusty. This is atrocious.

  4. tully - Mar 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    haha wow the nets should just give up. pretty sure our high school team could beat them.

  5. Randall - Mar 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    I like the guy waving his tix in Mr. Exec’s face. I’d be making some calls and raising Hell in the media until the Nets made it worth my while to stop. And if I were Mr. CEO, I’d tidy up that resume; talking smack to paying fans ain’t the best way to impress the new bosski.

  6. Mike - Mar 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    How can the CEO dare say anything to anyone about the fans showing frustration at how the Nets played this year. If the players could wear the bags over their heads, they would probably do the same thing. Apparently; the CEO isn’t a sports fans and all he sees is that the Nets are putting a team on the floor and winning doesn’t count. I just have one thing to say to Yormark- LOSERRRRRRRRRRRR

  7. john - Mar 23, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    What Yormark should have done was refund the ticket price on the spot! He should refund the money to all the season ticket holders, who ever heard of a basketball team with 7 wins in a season.

  8. MEC - Mar 23, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    What’s bizarre is the complete lack of self-awareness, and lack of a conscience of this “CEO” (using the term loosely). The team is on the way to a record-breaking losses mark, and the organization has done everything but change the name on the uniforms to read “Brooklyn Nets” to show the Jersey fans how much you appreciate them, but then HE has has the nerve to be angry? Yormark gets to draw a seven-figure paycheck for this atrocity, paid for in part, by a guy with a paper bag on his head but sitting in cour-side seats.
    Someone that dumb shouldn’t be allowed to be the “Chief” or “Executive” of ANYTHING!

  9. EnglishTeach - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Hey Dusty…You’re the ingrate…”you’re” is used CORRECTLY…maybe you need a new copy of Elements of Style…

  10. RWW - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    That is so funny. The word “you’re” was used correctly. As in “Yormark, we get you’re frustrated…..” as in “Yormark, we get you are frustrated….”.

  11. RG Earl - Mar 24, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    Still poorly written.
    The phrasing is off.
    It would be better as “Yormark, we understand your frustration”, or if you want the slang, “We get it that you are frustrated”
    Or separate it into two sentences “Yormark, we get it. You are frustrated with your teams win/loss record”.
    While the contraction was used properly, it still could use improvement.

  12. cowboyconservative1960 - Mar 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    RG Earl: You omitted the apostrophe for the possessive in “teams” – should’ve been “team’s”. Gosh, this is fun. Certainly more fun than writing about the Gnats.

  13. Jodeman - Mar 24, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    You are all retarded. Or do you prefer; “You’re all retarded?” Who cares about grammar. Read the articel and stop being dill-holes.

  14. Jodeman - Mar 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    And yeah, I misspelled ‘article’ (LOL).

  15. cowboyconservative1960 - Mar 26, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Either “You are…” or “You’re..” is fine. What is not fine is the misspelling of “article”. And you may have gotten “dill-holes” wrong too!

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