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Panthers CEO rips young woman for her lack of Twitter followers

Apr 24, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT


Apparently Florida Panthers CEO Michael Yormark is one of those public figures that isn’t afraid to fire back at critics on Twitter.

In fact, he’s not afraid to fire back and be pretty mean about it.

A little background first:

Yesterday, Yormark announced via Twitter (@PanthersYormark) that the Panthers would no longer be selling rubber rats at home games, blaming the moratorium on visiting New Jersey Devils fans who he accused of throwing rats on the ice in hopes of earning the home team a penalty.

The announcement drew its share of criticism from fans of both teams, criticism that Yormark didn’t take too kindly to.

To one critic, Yorkark replied, “you have 70 followers. No one cares what you think.”


To another, he simply said, “get off twitter.”


At last glance, Yormark had 2,892 followers. Which while greater than 70, isn’t very many at all.

(H/T The Star-Ledger)

  1. bigkniht37 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    more top notch journalism by twitter troll jason brough. holding up the high prestige of PHT!

    • hagigun - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      What is with people on these sites? Obviously you wanted to hear about this because YOU clicked on the link. Then act as if “Who Cares!?” …well you do apparently. Quit ripping people who post stories.

      The link to the story and headline were in no way misleading, so it’s all on you. Are you lost on the internet and stumbled upon the story?? Holy cow. Relax and quit griping about things you care about, yet pretend not to.

      • govtminion - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Couldn’t have said it better myself, at least not without three or four f-bombs 😉

    • HitsDingers - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      i thought it was really funny for a nhl team ceo to tell a critic no one cares what she thinks

    • bcjim - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Get off PHT!!

  2. cj225devs - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Hey that’s me!

    • barkar942 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Did you follow orders and get off Twitter? LOL!

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      I’m not a Devs fan, but I agree with you. What a douchebag on top of it all. Go Devs!!!!!!

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Wow, I see the Michael Yormack/Panthers fans are all out in full force today. His twitter bombs are indefensable.

  3. barkar942 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Hey- cut Jason a break. It’s a slow day. Only the Panthers and Devils game tonight, so there isn’t much about that series that many people seem to care about, based on the number of comments posted (or lack thereof) on previous articles posted about this series. And since Soupy and Pringles now have nothing to post about, Jason is trying to get all of those Wolski and Zidlicky fans fired up and posting!

    • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Well, considering the combined fans bases are about 3k, it’s not a surprise that this series doesn’t get much buzz

  4. detroitlionsnfl - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Wow, what a jerk. Nice PR move buddy….

  5. somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    This is all bull. I refuse to believe that the devils have more than 500 fans in Jersey, let alone Florida

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I love it…sometimes people need to put up or shut up and while I doubt either Jaime or Lauren would say those things to mr. Yormark’s face, I bet he would say exactly those things to the ladies if in person

    Lesson, it’s the Internet…try being yourself rather than tough guy, grammar nazi, know it all

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      I think the bigger lesson here is how a CEO of an organization SHOULDN’T act on social media because the guy comes off looking a lot worse than the people who tweeted him. A grown man who represents an NHL team mocking a girl for how many followers she has? How exactly does the fact that this guy would say that to a woman’s face make any difference at all.. this isn’t recess in grade school, the guy runs a franchise and that’s a pretty embarrasing way to act for a guy in his position. Makes me want the Panthers to choke away their lead now.

    • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      I think the lesson is, if you run a public company (or a company that is followed by the public), don’t be stupid enough to have a twitter account. Or if you do, post waht you need to post and leave it alone.

      No GM/Coach/CEO (any level), would ever be expected to hold a conference call open to the public. The very idea is idiotic…..why do it on the internet?

  7. scoops1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Yormark reminds me of chris Christie with those rebutles

  8. bcjim - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Is it just me or does he look like a total jerkoff?

    • barkar942 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Don’t all total jerkoffs have that little, thin, cheesy mustache?

    • wicky888 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      He looks like the bad guy from Die Hard With a Vengence

  9. scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Too many people think there is an invisible wall between them and the people they tweet and they get all upset when that wall is broken down. If you tweet something insulting to a person, you should expect full well that an equally nasty message could come right back at you. There needs to be some personal responsibility here.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      So, if I tweet to the CEO of “insertcompanynamehere” that I think he’s making an ass of himself after posting something that quite frankly is assinine and insulting to simple intelligence, I should expect a shot across the bow about having zero twitter followers … a person who is REPRESENTING HIS/HER COMPANY AT THE TIME? Yeesh!

      • scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        It’s his personal twitter. He can say whatever the hell he wants, and you don’t have to like it.

      • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Unless you are a stockholder of “insertcompanynamehere”, yes, you should expect a response like that.

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        The twitter account is @PanthersYormark. That is not a personal twitter account. And even if it was, he should go about as if he’s representing the company. I can tell you are not managers.

      • scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        I guess I’m not managers

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        If you are going to poke fun at someone’s grammar, at least make sure they made an error in grammar to begin with. There were two responses to my statement, both of which showed no business sense. Yours, and somekat’s. Therefore, my use of you and the plural managers is correct. Smart…

    • scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      You got me there.

  10. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Anyone can be a tough guy via social media haha. You would think that an organization would be willing to hear what the fans say. They do, after all, pay the bills.

    • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Not true. The NHL pays their bills, and have for years. Just like every other team in Florida. Panthers management should care as much about what people from New England and Canada as much as people from Florida. In the grand scheme of things, THAT is who is paying their bills.

      If any of the Florida teams had to run of the money they themselves generate (and most other southern teams), they would fold within 5 years. So the whole “the fanbase pays your bills” isn’t really correct, in this case.

      • rrino - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Exactly where does the NHL get its money then, if its not from the fans?

      • somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        From the fans of teams who actually go to games. As I said, from the fans from New England (Northeast U.S., but that seemed easier), and Canadian teams.

        The Panthers get by the same way the Royals and Pirates do in baseball, from fans in other stadiums, and revenue sharing

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        It’s not? So why do they charge for admission? Maybe they don’t pay for ALL the bills but their monies go to something. All I know is if that fans don’t show up, that team won’t exist. That’s a fact.

  11. islandersfan - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Way to ice the positive vibes coming off Florida’s team for the first time in forever…. Panthers fans deserve better than this and I hope his boss is telling him so right now.

  12. corvusrex96 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Geez it was funny and a lot more interesting that the typical PC buzzwords we are used to be spoonfeed. Give a wisea$$ statement , get a wisea$$ answer.

  13. chiadam - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    1. He looks like Peter Greuber from Die Hard III, but only if Peter Greuber joined a boy band.
    2. Twitter is for narcissists and little girls.
    3. Nice haircut.

  14. jbrunnels - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Unless I missed someone commenting this in an earlier post, if there are enough Devils fans at BankAtlantic to warrant this, Yormark’s got bigger problems than he realizes…

    • chiadam - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      You’re talking about getting his hair cut at Radio Shack, right? I assume so.

  15. going4iton4th - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Winning that South Florida fan base!

  16. paperkid96 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    With all due respect people. It had to be Devils fans. Did you see all the rats? There is no way there are that many Panthers fans.

  17. grandpoopah - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    And the Florida Panthers have 70 fans. Get out of the NHL.

  18. carpediaz - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Sigh. He doesn’t represent all Panther fans so relax. Just because we live in Florida doesn’t mean we can’t love hockey. There’s a pretty good fan base here, let’s of Northerner’s and Canadiens that move down, guess its the closest they’ll get to home except with amazing weather year round. I love hockey damn it, & I love the Florida Panthers.

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