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Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  17 responses

Warriors PR is Bizarre, Desperate

Public opinion is so against the front office in Oakland that their PR folks are now clumsily leaving annoymous comments on blogs dedicated to the Warriors: “Warriors executive director of public relations Raymond Ridder acknowledged tonight that he was the author of an anonymous comment posted this afternoon to the WarriorsWorld.net fan site that defended Warriors management. In the comment, signed as ‘Flunkster Dude,’ Ridder wrote that he appreciated that afternoon’s season-ticket-holder conference call, conducted by GM Larry Riley, team president Robert Rowell and broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald. ‘I actually enjoyed the call and appreciate their honesty,’ the Flunkster Dude wrote. As PR director, Ridder was heavily involved in setting up the call, in large part to stem the tide of recent negative publicity about the Warriors’ front-office decisions and the shedding of former executive VP Chris Mullin. After the afternoon posting, there was an immediate uproar on the WW.net site when the site managers revealed that they had traced the comment’s IP address to the Warriors offices.”

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    umm… wtf? haha

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    when you’re out of ideas, you’re out of ideas.

  • http://clarkeblog.com Chris Clarke

    I actually enjoyed Raymond Ridder’s comment and appreciated his dishonesty.

    …or not. As a PR person myself, this is the sort of thing that gives our industry a bad name. Also, didn’t this sort of thing happen a lot more several years ago? Can someone please explain what an IP address is to Mr. Ridder and his staff? There’s no such thing as anonymous.

  • neaorin

    Ok, so what was this guy’s handle on slamonline.com? Can someone dig up the thread where we were bashing them for giving 50 million to Corey Maggette?

  • Sesa

    Next time, use a proxy.

  • tenorca

    Par for the course. Sadly. Next up: trade Anthony Randolph while I rock back and forth, crying quietly.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    nah tenorca, we’re gonna trade monta jamal and jax for more draft busts

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i knew they sold their soul to the Devil again when they made that amazing playoff run.
    next up: 10 more years of hell for warriors fans. welcome back!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Mofo Warriors press dept. (and even upper mgmt) think their fans are actually “flunkster dudes” ?!

  • Flunkster Dude

    I think this shows a good level of commitment to their jobs. The waariors are making good decisions in getting back to contention, just give it time.

  • Flunkster Dude

    GET IT?

  • Drew433

    hahahaha the fact that they were angry enough to trace the comment is hilarious

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Its the bay area, silicon valley. Warriors fans are sometimes actual graphic designers whom make signs with vectors instead of poster board and markers. Shows way more discord between fans and the team MGMT if they don’t know what a “plant(comment)” or even IP’s are. And sports marketing is no real career.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    blinguo, you talking about tony.psd?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Yeah. He’s dope. His Monta sign way back when was money, literally.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    And he got a pic w/him on the court pre-game, Monta liked it too/held it himself.

  • chintao

    Damn. They used to say that this type of isht only happened in China….

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