Nets CEO Clashes with Nets Fan

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The New Jersey Nets are on pace to become to worst team in NBA history. To say they have issues on the court would be a laughable understatement. They’re trying to sell the idea that the future of the franchise — what with a brand-new arena, and potentially some great free agent signings this summer — is as bright as can be.

Unfortunately, they keep tripping over their own feet. Case in point: last night, during their latest loss, this time to the Miami Heat at home. Brett Yormark, the team’s CEO, got into a yelling match with a fan wearing a paper bag over his head.

The Daily News has the report:

The Nets have been in the bag for months. Now their fans are, too, and that was too much for one team executive to take. Between the third and fourth quarters of Monday night’s 99-89 loss to the Miami Heat at the Meadowlands, Nets CEO Brett Yormark got into a heated confrontation with a fan wearing a bag over his head who was sitting in the second row across from the Nets’ bench.

The fan claimed that Yormark asked him why he was wearing the bag and that when he sarcastically answered, “Because the Nets are so good,” Yormark snapped at him. A Yormark spokesperson said he did not have any comment. What could he say, anyway? Yormark’s team fell to 7-63 last night, remaining on pace to break the NBA record for futility, set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73.

The pictures in the article show that the fan who was scolded for having a little fun can clearly afford the good seats, meaning he’s probably not a candidate for one of the team’s ridiculous marketing ploys.

Those are probably not the kind of people you want to antagonize, Mr. Yormark. Just sayin’.