Devils Owner Josh Harris Inadvertently Had A Youth Soccer Game Canceled When His Helicopter Came To Pick Him Up
Deadspin- My son’s U13 youth soccer team was supposed to play a game at 7:30 last night (Sunday, November 8th) on the field at Benedict’s Prep in Newark. As the two teams of U13 players from the STA 02 NPL and Cedar Stars Pre-Academy team got ready to take the field, a helicopter dropped down from the sky and landed right in the middle of the field. A security detail emerged from the helicopter and informed the boys and their coaches that NJ Jersey Devils owner, Josh Harris, had instructed them to land on the field and wait for him to return from the Prudential Center where the Devils were playing. The boys and their families waited in the cold until finally it became clear that Harris was running late and no one knew when he might return to pick up his ride. Eventually, the coaches decided to call the boys’ game and everyone went home disappointed, frustrated and annoyed. I am not sure when or if Harris ever showed up to remove his helicopter from the field, but I hope that he had a great night. There are a number of 12 year olds and youth soccer fans who did not — because of Harris’s selfish behavior.
Harris has released a statement through the team:
“I sincerely apologize to the kids and their coaches and families for the cancelation of their soccer game in Newark on Sunday night. As a Dad, who has spent hundreds of hours watching my kids play sports, I can understand the frustration, and for that, I am truly sorry,” said Josh Harris, New Jersey Devils Co-Owner. “Working with St. Benedict’s, we have fixed the process to prevent any future issues. While I can’t take back what happened, I hope the coaches, the teams and their families would be open to being my guest at an upcoming Devils’ game, and I will be extending an invitation.”
Well, it looks to me like the Devils finally have some solid financial backing. If it took a couple youth soccer teams missing their game to make me feel more comfortable about the future of this franchise then that's just a price I am willing to pay. You know who would never interrupt a youth sporting event? Jeff Vanderbeek, and he was one bad stock tip away from moving the team across the Canadian border. Jeff Vanderbeek, in rich people terms, was broke as fuck. He was "show up to the game in a $150,000 car" broke, and you should never trust someone that is down on their luck. You know what Josh Harris just showed me? He proved that he has no problem frivolously spending his wealth, and you need to keep those purse strings loose to acquire the commodities necessary to compete in the NHL. Owners shouldn't be showing to the game by land. That's for players, fans, and coaches. I want the person responsible for the entire operation showing up by air or sea. That's how you let people know that you have got it all under control. Sure, I guess it sucks that kids had to miss their soccer game, but at least they can take comfort in the fact that their favorite hockey team isn't moving to Vegas any time soon. You know who else's mere presence inconveniences those around him? The President. Sometimes you just got to sit back realize that people that travel by personal helicopter are more important than us and our kid's stupid soccer games.
P.S. These parents just got a free pass to skip their kid's boring ass night game in the fall, and they are complaining? Sounds like Josh Harris just saved them two hours of cold, depressing misery, AND turned around and gave them free tickets to a sporting event they can actually enjoy. Pretty sure that's what we call double jeopardy. I didn't see it coming when I first started reading the story, but it turns out Josh Harris IS a man of the people!
P.P.S. He's also a man of the discount rack, yikes.