The ol’ bag-on-the-head fan protest is almost as old as sports itself. Or at least as old as those ancient days when the New Orleans Saints weren’t winning regular season games, let alone Super Bowls. It’s only natural that some New Jersey Nets fan would sport the paper at some point during this disastrous season.
Well, it happened last night. And Nets CEO Brett Yormark wasn’t too pleased.
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.
A Yormark spokesperson said the executive had no comment regarding the incident, but Lisi claimed that Yormark had incited it by asking him why he had the bag over his head. When Lisi sarcastically answered, “Because the Nets are so good,” Yormark snapped at him.
Zing, I guess? “Because the Nets are so good” isn’t exactly Chris Rock’s “Bring the Pain,” but it’s apparently good enough to get a high-ranking Nets official all riled up. Speaking truth to power has its consequences, such as ferocious finger-pointing and getting yelled at.
Of course, Yormark had the last laugh — the bag-headed Lisi actually bought tickets to a Nets game. You win again, corporate infrastructure.
according to yahoo.com