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Yormark: I Was Standing Up for Our Players

New York Daily News
New York Daily News

As expected, Brett Yormark has issued a statement explaining why he reacted so harshly to a fan wearing a paper bag at Monday's Heat game.  "I did not agree with the way this person expressed his opinion of our team last night and I let him know," said Yormark, noting how fans have been "great" this season. "It’s been a frustrating season for all of us, but I will continue to stand up for our players, our fans, and our organization."

More details emerged on the incident, which was out of character for the fan-friendly CEO.  Al Iannazzone reports that as he was walking his family out of the arena, Yormark spotted the fan, Chris Lisi of Middletown, sitting opposite the Nets bench. Yormark  turned and said something. Then after Yormark escorted his children out of the arena, he came back and said something else. Lisi reportedly didn't know who Yormark is.  

Meanwhile Courtney Lee told reporters he doesn't care much.  "We play for each other out on the court,"  Lee said. "No one pays attention to the fans – they’re going to cheer or they’re not. When we go out there and play, it’s for us. We like for the fans to cheer for us, and we appreciate the ones that do come and cheer for us."