Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  20 responses

Miami Heat Fans Left Game 6 of the NBA Finals Early

With the outcome of a classic NBA Finals Game 6 still very much hanging in the balance, hundreds if not thousands of Miami Heat “fans” walked out of the arena last night, only to fruitlessly try and force their way back in once their team won and forced Game 7. Epic.FAIL. Per CBS Sports: “With 28 seconds to go, Manu Ginobili stole an errant LeBron pass and took off for the other end. He drew a foul, split the free throws and put the Spurs up 94-89. And in piles like something out of a World War Z trailer, Heat fans hit the exits. ‘It was kind of sad,’ one Heat fan that stayed told me. ‘But those who stayed saw one of the greatest games ever.’ [...] The scene was described to me by one arena worker as ‘crazy’ and that hundreds of fans were pounding on the glass doors begging to be let back in. Police actually came over to stablize the situation as some were getting quite upset, apparently. One worker expressed actual worry and there was a little bit of fear because of the aggressiveness some were showing. ‘They were saying, ‘I just left! I just left! Please!’ an arena worker said. ‘They’d run up there, then they’d run back here trying different doors to see if they could get in.’ [...] ‘I was kind of devastated to see so many people leaving,’ one Heat fan said. ‘I said, ‘they will feel really, really bad when the Heat get back in this game and win.’ And they did.’ [...] ‘Even if they would’ve lost, we would’ve still been here,’ the Heat fan said. ‘It’s not a thing a fan does if they are down by five or 10 or whatever and you leave. It’s the people that aren’t true fans, they’re not going to learn their lesson,’ he said. ‘I think this was really sweet for those guys that left early.’”

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  • Vince

    Well thats what you get. You obviously don’t deserve a ticket for that game and you obviously don’t deserve to support that team if you leave before the end of the game, no matter what the score. Being a true fan means sticking with your team through thick and thin, even if the Heat were to lose that game, they would of deserved a round of applause and support from their fans, much like how the Warriors got at Oracle Arena (Which is one of my favorite playoff moments) when they lost. Its what fans do. Bandwagon or not, have some respect and pride for your team and yourself, millions of people would’ve loved to have your ticket if all you were going to do was leave when the going was tough for the Heat. They got what they deserved.

  • Junior Taylor

    MIA fans continue to prove that they don’t deserve anything good with regards to sports teams. These are the same clowns that deserted championship winning teams in the Hurricanes and Marlins as soon as they lost a couple of games.

  • OfftheWall87

    Even if they were going to lose, real fans stay and cheer for their team in their final game of the season and show respect to the opposition who beat them fairly.

  • Feez_22

    pathetic miami fans… i expect nothing less from these putrid excuses for fans.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I try to look at both sides .. From the idiot fans perspective, they probably had to work in the am.. Also wanna avoid traffic….. It was getting late.. No way I’d leave though…..

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  • rkirby

    The. WORST. “fans”. EVER

  • TheUnspokenTruth

    Sorry, but absolutely no sympathy for fair-weather fans abandoning their team when things look grim. Especially those with the rationale of “What?! Overtime?! Well, screw traffic and having to work early, I gotta get back in there!”

  • bike

    Then watch the game on TV dipshits.

  • Joey

    I’ve never been to an nba playoff game before so hearing this ticks me off

  • JD

    well that is because baseball and the Marlins suck. Go HEAT

  • JD

    most real fans can’t afford those $2000 seats. true story. but because they payed for them, they are allowed to enter and leave whenever they want

  • MikeC.

    Indeed. I gave my Knicks a standing ovation in my living room when Indy sent them fishing. Real fans stay. Whether to cheer or to boo your team, you stay.

  • MikeC.

    I have to work 12 hour shift today, starting at 8am. I watched the full game and would have watched OT periods until 7:30am if needed. And I’m not even a Heat or Spurs fan. Just love basketball.

  • melvo

    Similar situation happened during the Bulls/Nets series. Near the end of the fourth during game 3, it looked like the Bulls were about to lose and some of the douchier fans left. However, thanks to Nate Robinson, the Bulls rallied and ended up winning in triple overtime. It was one of the greatest game me and my friends had ever been to–let alone seen at all. Either way, it was a good way to weed out some of the fake fans here in Chicago

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Especially in a close out game, I mean you are going to see whatever parts they show of you a trophy presentation. That’s memorable.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I’m the same….

  • LP @ThisisEther

    you’re right…they def were willing to Sit in traffic just to run back in the arena..

  • 1luv

    i would stay start to finish for any team if i ever got a chance to watch. those guys take for granted their blessings.

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