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The Thunder fired a Storm Chaser for participating in a cheesy video

Earlier this week, the basketball blogs went nuts when the Thunder fired a Storm Chaser named Brent for participating in a cheesy rap video produced by our friend Zane Larue.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video that got him fired:

I know the Thunder likes to control messaging all that fun stuff, but you have to think they overreacted a bit. Brent had been with the organization since they got here, and they just fired him for making a harmless video. If anything, they should hire him and Zane to lead their video production team. Maybe they could improve what has to be the most boring and dry pre-game introduction video in the NBA.

That being said, if the guy knew he was going to get in trouble, why did he participate in the video? It’s no secret that the suits in the Professional Basketball Club LLC are a bunch of uptight controlling crybabies. If his job was that important to him, why risk it?

Well, maybe it wasn’t that important too him. From what I’ve heard, Storm Chasers make something like $10 an hour. I think the guy could find a job that pays that much, plus he won’t have to cheer like a madman whenever Thabo Sefolosha makes a lay-up.

On that note, I wish the organization would fire about 20 more Storm Chasers. Those people are annoying and cheesy. I’m fine with sending a few of them out during a timeout to throw frisbees or release Oklahoman parachutes, but for the love of Gary England keep them out of stands during the game! They don’t add to the Thunder experience, they diminish it. I buy my tickets to watch the game, not have my view blocked by some little Asian guy with a mohawk trying to start a wave.


  1. Reading the title, I wondered how the Thunder could fire a storm chaser. I mean, that’s the domain of Gary England, Emily Sutton, and the Bedazzled Weather tie.

  2. So, the only acceptable distractions are the 80% that don’t include you seeing humans? Personally, I think they should do free stuff time before the game and leave the game to the game. Also, if they are going to keep giving away free cox bundles or nachos to people who can shoot a half court shot or name Westbrook’s dog, I should be given a beer and a new car for having to put up with it.

  3. “Well, maybe it wasn’t that important too him.”

    Class, can anyone tell me what is wrong with this sentence?

  4. The Storm Chasers must drink some special Kool-aid before each game. There is no way that I could be that enthusiastic for three hours about anything.

  5. Just a thought: roughly 10% of what you see at a Thunder game is basketball. 90% is the experience. In any arena in the NBA this is true. So why the bitching? It’s a professional sport designed to generate TONS of money… (that you’re dishing out). OF COURSE they would do anything to keep their product pure…your wallets are on the line!!!

    The thing is…they don’t give 2 shits whether you love or hate the Asian kid…they just want him there to shove that brand in your face again and show some excitement. Or for you to look at the shirt of the emcee and think “can I get that in the Thundershop?”

    Let’s be honest here folks: you are gonna dish out dollar after dollar to go to these games regardless of who gets fired for making a video that was CLEARLY a big fuck you to the thunder offices or if the gay Asian kid hit you in the face with a t-shirt and spilled your chicken tenders and ranch all over your lap. Facts are facts: the men who run this organization know you’re not going to shit about whatever you hate.

  6. how do the SC’s diminish the Thunder Experience. Have you ever told one of them? I think they are pretty cool.

  7. I’m surprised the Thunder doesn’t pay their arena shills in sponsor given swag. I’m surprised Clay Bennett and Bobby Howard don’t use the old Huffington Post model of using unpaid interns to do all the work.

    Actually he was fired to make a point to keep the rest of the minions in line.

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