If you’ve followed UMass basketball at all the last few years, then you know who Josh Brown is. I first noticed him last year during games on TV. He’s kind of hard to miss. He’s tall. He’s African-American. He yells the entire game. And sometimes he is Captain America:
I first noticed him in person this year at the St. Bonaventure game. I saw him yelling at the St. Bona coach the entire game every time he stepped over the out of bounds line. Then every time I saw UMass on TV I heard someone in the background yelling, “Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes”, or “No, No, No, No,” when the other team was shooting. He is a man of few words at games, but he has no parallel in UMass fandom.
Some of you may be saying, “What about UMass Superfan Brian Long?” Well, when it comes to basketball and football B-Long has no UMass equal. But when it comes to ALL AROUND UMass fandom, Josh Brown is in a league of his own. Not only is he at every basketball game, he also doesn’t miss a women’s soccer match…
a women’s basketball contest…
a football game…..
a hockey showdown…..
or the Christmas season….
He was there for Derrick Gordon when he bravely broke barriers last month…
To my knowledge he didn’t miss a home game this season, starting with the HUGE win over SEC powerhouse LSU…
the game of the century against VCU….
The dunk show against Fordham…
Hanging with Victor Cruz at the St. Louis game….
And the Atlantic 10 Championships in Brooklyn…..
The man is everywhere UMass Athletics is. But the one sport he is by far the biggest enthusiast for is UMass’ Atlantic 10 Champion Women’s Lacrosse team. He doesn’t miss many games…
From the looks of it, I can’t say I really blame him. I would definitely invite all of those girls to ride on my magical turtle with me. God damn, Mrs. TurtleBoy isn’t gonna like this one!!
But alas, he’s been going off on UMass athletics lately on Twitter…
So this whole thing seemed pretty vague today, but needless to say I wanted to know more. So I watched this video, which left me even more confused…
So I did a little interview with Mr. Brown to get to the bottom of this scandal. Turns out it revolves around UMass women’s lacrosse star Katie Ferris. Ever heard of her? She’s pretty much been facializing the Atlantic 10 for the last four years at McGuirk, scoring 211 goals in the process.
Well, when you’re the star of a UMass athletic team you’re gonna be hearing from Josh Brown a lot. Comes with the territory. Apparently she didn’t like being “mentioned” by him on Twitter. Now I know a lot of you don’t have Twitter. A mention is kind of like being tagged in a post on Facebook. You get a notification and you see what that person said about you. Since Josh tweets a million times a day she evidently got more than she was willing to put up with, so she blocked him.
This was the beginning of World War 3.
Here’s what she wrote to him right before he got blocked:
According to what I’ve put together from my interview with Josh Brown, he began to shun her publicly. No eye contact. No hello. No nothing. Complete power move on his part. You don’t block Josh Brown on Twitter and think you’re getting away with it scott free. In his words he began to say on Twitter that she was a “backstabber,” a “fake,” and a “bunch of other stuff” as well. He insists nothing was vulgar though.
So the question is, who the hell cares what Josh Brown says on Twitter? Well apparently Katie Ferris and some suits at UMass cared. They called Josh in for a closed door meeting on April 23rd. First of all, good for him for even showing up. No way I would. I mean, what authority do they have to ask a fan to come in and explain himself? I would’ve told em to beat it.
At the meeting they told Josh (according to him) that Katie was “living in fear,” and that they were “concerned about the safety of student athletes.”
See that right there? That’s fucking bullshit. She didn’t seem too scared of him here:
Look Katie, you’re lucky you have any fans that aren’t related to you. You play women’s lacrosse so let’s keep that in perspective. When I wrote to UMass Superfan Brian Long to find out more about your prowess, he said, “Who the hell is Katie Ferris?” If B-Long doesn’t know who you are then you don’t really matter.
Also, you’re a scholarship athlete. I graduated from UMass in 1902 and I’m still paying back loans. I owe J.P. Morgan 10K, and I’m not talking about the bank. I’m talking about the real J.P. Morgan. He’s the one who made me ride this God damn turtle for the rest of eternity because I couldn’t pay back the loan. Meanwhile, you get to go to this great university for free. You’re also from New York, which makes you a carpetbagger.
Sorry, but putting up with Josh Brown’s notifications on Twitter (which were ALL in support of you) is the small, minuscule price you have to pay for the freeloading. Plus, it’s not like you play a revenue producing sport. Women’s lacrosse is a taker, not a giver. You cost the school a lot of money and you only take in money from people like Josh who are willing to pay to watch you perform.
Is Josh Brown a little bit much? Sure I guess I can see that. I find his fandom to be fantastic and wish we had more fans like him, but apparently UMass women’s lacrosse administrators prefer the wine and cheese crowd. So the guy mentioned her on Twitter? Who gives a shit? If you don’t wanna communicate with him then ignore him and go about your day as you normally would.
But instead she did what so many people in our society do. They went and told an adult that they were being cyberbullied instead of speaking to the individual about it first. Josh Brown is a gentle giant that wouldn’t hurt a fly. I have a hard time believing every female athlete at UMass willingly posed for pictures with him if they were scared of him.
Josh is a giant fan, and one that Katie is lucky to have. Instead of appreciating him for what he is, she made a federal case out of it, painted a picture of him as a potential Chester the molester, and turned him off from UMass Athletics. I mean, why would he expend any energy on any team going forward if the star player is gonna humiliate him by forcing him to attend a meeting about player safety?
I’d love to hear Katie’s version of this story. I tried reaching you in the last 48 hours Katie but to no avail (private twitter). So if you’re reading this Katie, feel free to follow me @TurtleBoySports and we can present the other side of the issue here. I’m sure there’s more to be told, and since Turtleboy Sports strives to present the truth we would love to have you on so you can explain WTFIGO here.
Feel free to share your thoughts to keep the conversation going.