Devils’ Owner Apologizes For Canceling Youth Soccer Game With His Helicopter Parking
There was a time, when kids weren't so weak and pampered, that they could play a soccer game through and around a helicopter that was parked on the field. "Watch the blades, Michael!" But let one billionaire set down there for a few minutes in 2015, and all hell breaks loose on social media.
That's what New Jeresy Devils and Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris did on Sunday night, as his private helicopter landed in the middle of the St. Benedict Prep School soccer field in Newark, N.J., forcing the cancellation of an U-13 youth game that was about to start.
Harris has an agreement with the school to use the field as a landing pad, but only when it isn't being used, and there's a schedule for that. But Harris said that there was "a scheduling mix-up."
He was at the nearby Prudential Center for a Devils home game that went into overtime, and the kid soccer players all stood around waiting in the cold for Harris to show up for his ride. But when he didn't, coaches cancelled the game, calling Harris "incredibly selfish."
Today, Harris issued an apology. The Washington Post::
“I sincerely apologize to the kids and their coaches and families for the cancellation of their soccer game in Newark on Sunday night,” Harris said in a statement to Deadspin. “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.”
Harris added that he has taken measures to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future, and to make it up to the kids, coaches and their families, he invited everyone to attend an upcoming Devils game.
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