UMass Women’s Lacrosse Scandal: 211 Goal Scorer Katie Ferris Turns UMass Superfan Josh Brown Over To UMass Athletic Administration


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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:

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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…

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a women’s basketball contest…

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a football game…..

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a hockey showdown…..

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a cheerleading….thing…..

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or the Christmas season….

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He was there for Derrick Gordon when he bravely broke barriers last month…

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To my knowledge he didn’t miss a home game this season, starting with the HUGE win over SEC powerhouse LSU…

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the game of the century against VCU….

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The dunk show against Fordham…

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Hanging with Victor Cruz at the St. Louis game….

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And the Atlantic 10 Championships in Brooklyn…..

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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104 thoughts on “UMass Women’s Lacrosse Scandal: 211 Goal Scorer Katie Ferris Turns UMass Superfan Josh Brown Over To UMass Athletic Administration

  1. This is exactly more fans prefer men’s sports than woman’s sports. It’s also wrong that UMass Amherst is doing this to a person that has autism. The athletic department is a joke nowadays. They also wonna cut Josh Brown outta the picture like he’s Aaron Hernandez.

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  2. If UMass Amherst are gonna have players like that, then it’s definitely not a division 1 school I wonna play lacrosse for. Always be grateful to have fans. Turtle Boy said it himself. More fans means more money for the program.

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  3. Katie Ferris actually did that to a superfan that has autism? That’s just wrong! It’s also a bad look for her team.

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  4. Sorry, I didn’t know anything about this until now. Is that how it is in today’s society? Diehard fans can’t be diehard fans and coaches can’t be coaches without anyone complaining or crying bully. I read all the other comments and the great majority is on Joshua’s side.

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  5. Listen as a former UMass player I’m very shocked to hear that a UMass player complained about Josh’s attention and support. When I see him at Berkshire dinning he always sits at the table with the football players. According to his Twitter he will no longer support UMass Athletics. The only thing the new staff know about Josh is his reputation. They don’t know him personally like the staff previous did.

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  6. Listen up. Cambridge Mass man is telling the truth. Josh is not a threat to anybody. He just has autism. Adults with autism can take things the wrong way depending on what you say to them. That’s why it’s very important to be careful what we say to anyone. My roommate has known Josh since middle school. People just don’t understand Josh.

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  7. This was sent to me last night and read the article. For those you that posted negative comments about Josh, y’all should be ashamed of yourselves, because a few people that Josh know before UMass Amherst told me that he has autism and it’s very important for UMass Athletics to know as well as Katie Ferris. Earlier this year the athletic department took part in the autism awareness month. Some people with autism do take things the wrong way. If any of you didn’t understand, I’ll repeat it. Josh Brown has AUTISM and I’m doing some more research on how to deal with adults with autism. I’m not making this whole thing up, so if you rate down this comment, people are gonna hate you for that. For those you that’s attacking Katie Ferris please STOP. It’s not gonna solve anything.

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  8. Sorry I just read, but listen UMass women’s lacrosse players should be lucky to have fans, because without fans their program would be cut just like Northeastern’s and Hofstra’s football program. Yes, Katie Ferris graduated, but it’s still bad for women’s lacrosse and that’s why more people prefer men’s sports than women’s sports.

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  9. Sorry I just saw this. UMass students nowadays became less accepting ever since the town started cracking down partying. People use the word creep or creepy too loosely and that can lead to problems. I read all the comments and the great majority seem to be on Josh’s side and I hope equal opportunity read the article.

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  10. UMass is not the same anymore. I remember seeing Josh at the Hobart Hoedown and he always kept that party going. He was also known as the UMass party animal. Back in my days on campus people were more social. I really don’t blame Amherst for cracking down, because this day and age people seem to end their problems with violence.

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  11. I understand Katie’s side as person, but as an athlete sending a message like that was completely outta line. If the messages were positive and in support of her record setting/breaking performance, then Josh really didn’t give Katie a reason to block him. What she could of did was nicely tell him to tone it down with the messages. You can’t always tell when someone gets annoyed. I understand she wanted to do it as nicely as possible, but blocking wouldn’t be the best idea. In this day and age, it’s very important to be careful about what we say people. It’s also very important to realize that one click online can do a whole lot of damage. What if Josh took his own life because of what Katie Ferris sent him? The University wouldn’t stay of the media. Rodney King once said ‘CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?? WE’RE STUCK HERE FOR AWHILE.’

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  12. According to what I heard all the messages Josh was sending Katie on social media were positive and apparently she didn’t like attention the from Josh, so she blocked him. When Josh didn’t take it very well it spooked her. Katie if you’re reading this I respect and understand your rights, but if the messages on social media were positive you could of just nicely tell him to tone it down instead of blocking him. Just a thought. It may not be a big deal to you, but it can send a wrong message in real life.

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  13. Listen up. The heck what UM alum said. I follow Josh on Twitter and he’s not on it 24/7. The lies and misinformation about Josh needs to stop.

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  14. Maybe it’s time for josh to put on his “big boy pants” and start a career. It’s unhealthy to have that much time to tweet at female (and male) college athletes. Also, if josh did show up to the women’s lax house at 2am then it’s creepy, even if he rung the doorbell.

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  15. I heard a lot of good things about Josh Brown. According to his Twitter he a has meeting with equal opportunity on campus this coming Monday about the beef with Katie Ferris. Everyone knows that UMass Athletics is a joke. How they’re gonna add more to the Mullins Center and not add lights for soccer/softball so they can have night games. Good luck this coming Monday, Joshua.

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  16. Listen. The truth about UMass Athletics is they won’t admit when one of top their players is in the wrong. I know for a fact there’s some covering up going on. Seriously Katie Ferris do you really wonna be a coach after that inbox message you sent Joshua? You’re not true to yourself or lacrosse.

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  17. Joshua is a great UMass fan and he has a good heart. People just don’t take the time to see it. The problem is there’s some new people in the athletic department and they don’t know Josh very well. I agree with Kansas City Royal fan. Josh never had a record of walking into the women’s lacrosse players house without ringing their doorbell, so STOP telling about lies about Josh. People seriously need to grow up.

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  18. Listen up. Don’t believe what Student said about Josh walking into the women’s lacrosse house WITHOUT KNOCKING OR RINGING THEIR DOORBELL.

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    • No one did, except maybe that guy who asked if Josh farted on her pillow. Rather immature if you ask me. I mean I get it, it’s kinda funny when you are in college to fart on someone’s pillow and rub your bare ass on their keyboards and dump a bunch of kitty litter in their bed, but it stops there. It isn’t mentioned anywhere that Josh actually did any of those things, so we really need to drop this type of misinformation altogether. Josh is a good fan, and there is no record ANYWHERE that he actually took a dump in Katie Ferris’ house without asking permission from at least 30% of her roommates. I understand that this is college and boys will be boys, but immature pranks and other tom foolery like smuggling champagne into UMass football games, getting to third base with the chancellor’s wife, and taking a huge dump in the sousaphone have no place in college sports. End of story.

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  19. I don’t know Josh, but I heard good things about him as well. People nowadays just can’t accept love, appreciation, and support. It’s not like not 80’s anymore. You young people today need to open your eyes realize THAT ONE CLICK ONLINE CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE. IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MY QUOTE, THEN MAYBE IT’S TIME TO CUT BACK ON PARTYING AND GETTING WASTED. YOU YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY ALSO NEED TO REALIZE THAT IT DOESN’T ALWAYS TAKE A MATCH TO START A FIRE. IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MY QUOTE, THEN NOW IT’S REALLY TIME TO CUT BACK ON PARTYING AND GETTING WASTED. Don’t even to try deny that, because I saw it all over of the media back in March. Now what was the party called? Oh that’s right! THE BLARNEY BLOWOUT.

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  20. I hope everyone knows that other people’s comments don’t reflect on Joshua and what Katie to sent Joshua doesn’t reflect the women’s lacrosse team, but I SURE HOPE A PLAYER ON THE TEAM STEPS UP AND APOLOGIZE TO JOSH ON KATIE’S BEHALF. I understand Katie’s side, but that’s still a shady message to send. The truth is that both college or pro athletes are considered role models whether they like it or not.

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  21. The truth about UMass athletics is they’ll go to no extent to “protect” the top athletes even if the athlete is in the wrong. The athletic dept is a joke.

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  22. Listen. Believe it or not Katie Ferris is in the wrong as well for sending ‘I HATE GETTING A MILLION MESSAGES FROM YOU EVERYDAY DAY ON EVERY FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA THAT’S WHY I BLOCKED YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE’ If the messages were all in support of her good performance on the field then that is the wrong message to send. ACTIONS WILL ALWAYS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. BOTH COLLEGE AND PRO ATHLETES ARE CONSIDERED ROLE MODELS WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. IF KATIE REALLY WANTS TO PROVE THAT SHE CAN BE A GOOD COACH, THEN SHE CAN START BY APOLOGIZING TO JOSH FOR THE MESSAGE SHE SENT AND JOSH HIMSELF SHOULD ALSO APOLOGIZE FOR ALL THE SAID STUFF HE TOWARDS AND ABOUT HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER SHE BLOCKED HIM ON SOCIAL MEDIA. IT WOULD ALSO BE A GOOD IDEA FOR BOTH OF THEM TO SETTLE THIS WHOLE THING WITH SOME COFFEE OR BEER. If President Obama, Harvard Professor Gates, and Cambridge police officer James Crowley can do it, then why can’t Katie and Josh do the same as well. It would be good for sides. What do you think? Please feel free to comment. No racist or vulgar comments please.

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  23. I saw Joshua a few days ago at Forest Hills Station and I asked him about this blog. He said he already turned the page from this page, but he getting mad at the fact that people at UMass Amherst are spreading lies about him having a conversation with himself on Twitter. This has been going on way before the conflict with Katie Ferris began.

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  24. Listen. As a student at UMASS and one that played for UMASS athletics I can tell you that this has NOTHING to do with race. This also has nothing to do with Katie being from New York or spoiled. Katie is far from spoiled. I don’t know how any of you could make assumptions about her like that being that you don’t know her. Yes, josh brown is a UMASS super fan but in the past year or so he has gotten totally out of hand. He started showing up UNINIVITED to the womens lacrosse players homes and taking it upon himself to walk into the girls rooms telling them “he was just making sure they were safe” I understand he THOUGHT he was doing something nice, but at 2 am, there shouldn’t be anyone walking into your house uninvited. He became intolerable at the games as well, multiple times when crowds are supposed to be silent he would be screaming rude things to the refs, again, THINKING he was saying appropriate things. Bottom line is that Katie wanted him to leave her alone, and because he felt he couldn’t do that, administration needed to talk to him. I don’t see that as a problem. Like you said, hundreds appreciate Josh’s support so let’s let him focus on them.

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        • Golf needs more action anyway… plus there is a lack of photographic evidence of Mr. Brown’s attendance at UMass Golf matches. Do they have drink girls at those, by the way?

          Anyway, if I was a girl I would have no problem with Josh walking into my room in the middle of the night to check on me and make sure I was ok. If he was caught farting on my pillow or licking my Fudgecicles without asking, however, that would be another story. Like one time back in high school Matt went through this guy’s fridge and rubbed his butt all over all his celery and grape soda… it was awesome. Then someone else ordered the smut channel.

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    • I’ve known Joshua since he was a little boy and yes he can be outta hand sometimes, but from what I heard one of the women’s lacrosse players SAVED HIM FROM FALLING DOWN A FLIGHT of stairs back in the fall of 2012. He only stop by just to check in with them in return. At least he’s showing that he’s grateful for that, because IF THAT PLAYER HADN’T SAVED JOSH FROM FALLING HE COULD OF DIED AND THE HOUSE WOULD OF BEEN ROPED OFF BY A YELLOW TAPE THAT SAYS ‘POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS’ Josh is also known to knock or ring door bells, because that’s how he was raised. They also seem to appreciate him checking on them after they went out partying. I understand that Katie wanted Joshua to leave her alone, but saying things like I HATE GETTING A MILLION MESSAGES FROM YOU EVERYDAY ON EVERY FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA which most of them were in support of her good performance on the field made him feel that she never did appreciate his support. THE WORD ON THE STREET SAYS THAT SHE WANTS TO BE A COACH IN COLLEGE. NOW IF THAT’S TRUE, IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR HER TO APOLOGIZE TO JOSH FOR SAYING THAT AND HAVE JOSH APOLOGIZE FOR ALL THE STUFF HE SAID THAT WAY BOTH SIDES ARE HAPPY PLUS WE ALSO HAVE TO REALIZE THAT BEING A JERK IN COLLEGE CAN STOP YOU FROM GETTING JOB. ESPECIALLY IF IT’S A COACHING OR HIGH PROFILE JOB.

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    • I’ve spoken to Josh BEFORE THE YEAR ENDED and he wanted to know why she blocked him. I told Josh to chill, but he was too upset to listen. Katie Ferris never told him why she blocked him until a few weeks after she graduated. What may have upset a lot of people is her saying I HATE GETTING A MILLION MESSAGES FROM YOU EVERYDAY ON EVERY FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA. That right there sends the wrong message. I saw the latest article about her on Inside Lacrosse and she wants to be a coach in college. If it’s true, like Ron said it would be best if Katie apologize to Josh for the message she sent him and have Josh apologize to Katie for all the stuff he said towards and about her on social media. THAT WAY EVERYONE’S HAPPY.

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    • The truth about UMass athletics is they’ll go to no extent to “protect” the top athletes even if the athlete is in the wrong. The athletic dept is a joke.

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    • Did Joshua became intolerable by chanting Daniel Bryan’s No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No? Or did Joshua became by chanting Daniel Bryan’s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes?? If referees are gonna make bogus calls and favor the other team, of course he’s gonna yell rude things at the refs.

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    • The way administration handled it was the problem. The reason why you don’t see as Joshua wouldn’t just say rude things to the refs for no reason. There’s a bunch of things about Josh that people don’t understand. You’re just covering up the fact the UMass athletes are out drinking and partying when they’re not suppose to. If your season is still in session, then your job is to study, practice, sleep, and repeat. PLUS I SAW SOME UMASS PLAYERS USING FAKE ID’S TO GET INTO THE BARS WHICH THAT’S ILLEGAL. SERIOUSLY STOP COVERING YOUR ASSES AND DO THE RIGHT THING BY TELLING THE TRUTH.

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  25. If that girl doesn’t like attention, then why the hell is she playing sports. Plus I heard she’s dating a guy in his 40’s who actually does her make up. That girl is also a spoiled bitch.

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  26. She left a very bad mark for UMass. Michaela Butler is the real UMass female athlete of the year. She grateful for everyone’s support unlike Katie Ferris. I would also like to hear Katie’s side of the story.

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  27. Joshua is not 30 years old. The guy is just being a fan. She’s lucky to have fans at her games. They should strip Katie from being co female athlete of the year. Real athletes don’t send messages like that to fans. Always be careful what you do in college, because it can stop you from getting a job.

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  28. This is absurd. The guy is just a fan showing his dedication and support to a team that clearly doesn’t have too many fans other than their friends and relatives. That women’s lacrosse player should be grateful to have the UMass super root her after winning all those awards plus that’s not UMass female athlete of the year behavior or material.

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  29. this is absurd. The guys a fan, let him root and cheer. don’t bring race into this. because hes not some college frat star youre going to hate the avid fan? im sure i could find 100 more obnoxious fans at any other big school. and like turtle said its womens lacrosse. they should be grateful for any fan they get. the lower the approval of the program, the less funding theyll get in the end anyway.. good luck joshua, we love fans like you.

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  30. People need to relax. Joshua maybe a bit out of control, but he’s a good person and that women’s lacrosse player should be grateful to have fans especially if she was the UMass co-female athlete of the year. Does athletes like Derek Jeter or UMass alum Victor Cruz complain about getting a million notifications from fans showing their dedication and support? No they don’t. They always appreciate support from fans otherwise MLB or NFL wouldn’t exist. College and professional athletes should realized that they’re considered role models whether they like it or not.

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  31. Race should be even brought in to question as it has nothing to do with the situation. It’s a little creepy that an adult is so obsessed with womens collegiate athletics that he has to tweet at them constantly. It also is creepy and inappropriate for a 30 year old to attend student parties and bars.

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    • You’re wrong about the age and I only goto parties when I’m invited. Like I said before I know the owners of the bars in the center of Amherst and I don’t know what made you think I was 30. Look at other NCAA players. Do they complain about getting notifications from fans showing their dedication and support? No.

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    • What is a “student bar?” Soooo… if there is a bar in a college town, it is illegal for anyone over 24 to go to it? Sorry bartenders, you can only serve college idiots who don’t tip.

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  32. The person graduated already. It’s already bad enough that the new cheer coach won’t look at me eye to eye like a normal human.

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  33. The person graduated already. It’s already that the new cheer coach won’t look at me eye to eye like a normal human.

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  34. I worked at the Mullins Center for the past 3 years and I must say this kid is obnoxious even for a fan. I watched him almost fight another UMass kid in the front row for telling him to not scream at Maxi while he shot free throws. Needless to say Id like to hear her side of the story

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    • Dirk Diggler, you have co-workers that’s been working at the Mullins Center a lot longer than you have. I admit that I can be outta control sometimes, but I’m completely against other fans that yell racial comments like white boy. Especially after the Marcus Smart incident. AT I’M NOT A GAY BASHER LIKE THAT CRAZY JOE KID. He even targeted me just for supporting Gordon.

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      • Dirk Diggler, you have co-workers that’s been working at the Mullins Center a lot longer than you have. I admit that I can be outta control sometimes, but I’m completely against other fans that yell racial comments like white boy. Especially after the Marcus Smart incident. AT LEAST I’M NOT A GAY BASHER LIKE THAT CRAZY JOE LEPIANKA KID. He even targeted me just for supporting Gordon.

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  35. This article is super shitty. It doesn’t matter who you think is in the wrong, it’s her say if she doesn’t want to be mentioned on social media and if doesn’t want to be bothered by this guy, not yours. And to mention completely irrelevant things–that she’s from New York, that she is on an athletic scholarship, that she took a picture with Josh, that she plays lacrosse so she should be grateful anyone goes to games. You’re just extremely bias but you don’t have to make a fool of yourself by writing something this bad. Also if the umass admin got involved, they chose to get involved it’s not anyone’s particular doing. Lastly, just because someone supports umass at sporting events doesn’t mean ANYTHING. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to show support- but it doesn’t mean they can’t be a bad person or a creep etc. so point is write something better and less insulting.

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    • Stephanie, if you choose to put yourself on social media, then you must be prepared for the “mentions”. Do you think Obama whines that he doesn’t want to be “mentioned” about the VA scandal or Benghazi? Katie is an adult and needs to get off her high horse.

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    • Actually it is not “her say” whether or not she is mentioned in the press, social media, etc. I am sure that President Obama doesn’t like being called a rabid socialist on Twitter, or that Michael Sam doesn’t like being called a faggot on Twitter, or that George Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a racist murderer on Twitter. Unfortunately for all of them, along with Katie, they have been mentioned on social media and it doesn’t really matter what they think of it. Unless it crosses a line into harassment (real harassment, not “being creepy”), then they are all pretty much out of luck.

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      • Just showing her support, Steve. Just like I do for Paul (The Truth) Pierce even though he’s in Brooklyn now. I follow The Truth no matter where he goes.

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  36. Joshua, I’m just a 54 year old UMASS mom that has had the pleasure of seeing you at the games. My take on this is one love ,one heart, Don’t let one phobic ruin it for the rest. Life is to short, keep the faith in the rest.

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  37. What a shitty fucking article, even if he does support our sports he is extremely creepy towards the females of the school in general and you should have better things to write about, I have seen him at every game I go to..and also a lot of the bars, but no one wants him at either. Write about real fucking news.

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      • i understand both sides of the story, but her family’s personal income and place of birth is of absolutely no importance in this article. If you want to consider yourself a real writer/blogger you cannot bring up irrelevant things like this. I’m a current year athlete at umass myself, and my appreciation, (or de-appreciation) towards my fans has no connection with my income or hometown??? That’s like saying all liberals are for gay marriage just because of the political standings. People have different opinions on things–get over it. It has to do with how I feel as an athlete if I am being treated correctly or not and if I feel safe or not. I have seen Josh Brown myself get inebriated at athlete parties to the point where it is not safe for him to be there. He was so loud that he was politely asked to leave because he would be calling attention to the party from the police. That being said, there is nothing wrong with getting drunk but you must learn to take yourself out of a situation if you are that intoxicated. I understand that he is autistic but he should not be doing those things at parties. end of story. If some people are uncomfortable by him, that is THEIR business. You have not witnessed it first hand so who are you to chime in and go full forced on your own opinon. I understand you are very frustrated with Katie Ferris, but I have met her and she is a nice person, whether you believe so or not. If you have met her you are allowed to say otherwise but I am going to take a wild guess and assume you have not. Until then, do not make opinions based off of other people’s recollections of a person. If you want to write real news you have to be more appropriate in your words or else me and other athletes will not take this seriously considering you do not even know the woman or her side. I appreciate Josh Brown and all he does but it can get out of hand and we are not a professional sports athlete. We do not have body guards or people to control fans for us. If an older autistic man showed up at my doorstep at 2 am, even if he was knocking, (which I have heard happened through other athletes in our community) then I would feel a little bit uncomfortable too. And have you ever thought of the fact that maybe people take picture with him BECAUSE he is autistic and comes to their games and supports them? There is a point where that line is crossed at times though.

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        • If Katie Ferris is a nice person, then apologize to Josh for saying “I HATE GETTING A MILLION MESSAGES FROM YOU ON EVERY FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA, THAT’S WHY I BLOCKED IN THE FIRST PLACE” This whole thing changed him and the way he sees UMass Athletics. There are certain things you don’t say to people with autism and that’s one of them. Why do you UMass players want Josh to be at your games, so you can hurt him again?

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        • If Katie Ferris is a nice person, then why can’t she apologize for sending that message? He didn’t mean to annoy her. That’s one of things you don’t say to people with autism. This whole thing change the way he sees UMass Athletics.

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        • I completely agree where you’re coming from, but I don’t think it was a good idea to say “If an older autistic man showed up at my doorstep at 2 am, even if he was knocking, (which I have heard happened through other athletes in our community) then I would feel a little bit uncomfortable too.” I really wish people would stop making assumptions, because the correct thing information is that Josh is only on the doorstep at 2am on the weekends just to check in after the people been out drinking and partying.

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        • Sorry this was just sent to me. Everyone’s knows that UMass Athletes are just trying cover their butts, because they’re out there drinking, going out, and partying when they’re not suppose to. Coaches already know what college students are capable of doing. According to my sources some of players on the UMass women’s lacrosse got off the team, because their grades were bad. That’s what happens when you party too much. In my book there’s nothing wrong with checking on your friends at 2a.m. after excessive drinking and partying. People in general need to quit the cover ups and be honest. That’s one of the main reasons why both UMass Amherst and Amherst College is under scrutiny. Seriously UMass Athletes, you should be grateful to have fans plus your team’s funding is Massachusetts tax dollars.

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    • So if a rich white girl finds you “creepy,” then apparently you have committed some sort of crime and are no longer permitted on a campus supported by your tax dollars?

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    • UMassSenior, how am I extremely creepy to the females. Is it because I’m black? I know all the owners at the bars in the center of Amherst, so you don’t know what you’re talking about!

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  38. Katie walks into Whitmore: “Umm so like, this black guy was near the lacrosse field… and he like.. looked at may (me, in Long Island white girl language)… and it was soooo creepy. Like, I’m not racist at all but like, when someone looks at may and I’m like… just walking around with my tramp stamp showing and writing on the butt of my lacrosse shorts, it is wicked creepy. I was so scared I needed to drag my investment banker daddy away from nailing his secretary”

    UMass administrators: “Oh shit, a rich white girl doesn’t feel safe??? We better ban black guys from any womens’ sporting events before the Nancy Grace crowd starts getting worried”

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      • I’m afraid that my days working as a professional upskirt photographer would preclude me from taking a full time job at Turtleboy Sports. However, I would love a ride on the turtle… if you are into that sort of thing.

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    • this is literally absurd. don’t you think women feel threatened because we are WOMEN. People get raped on a daily basis. Any man, no matter what race, what color, what sexuality, can make a woman uncomfortable with their presence if they are larger than them. It has nothing to do with fucking race. I was walking in front of a man late at night and felt EXTREMELY uncomfortable even though nothing happened and he gave me no reason to. His physical presence alone concerned me and shoot me if you think i’m being too ridiculous. I have too many female friends that have been raped to not take even a small situation like that seriously and you’re a jackass for thinking she was just being a brat. Maybe she was concerned because there was one man watching her practice lacrosse? You’re a man, you do not understand what it is like to be in the presence of men as a small female -whether it is one or black or white, 5 feet tall or 6’7”.

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      • As a son of a Cambridge police officer I understand your fear of being raped or sexual assaulted. My dad’s always advising people to walk in pairs especially at night and it’s also a good idea to carry a rape whistle.

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      • Was the guy big, tall, and black as well? If that’s how you feel, then don’t walk alone at night. Even campus and Amherst police are advising people to walk in pairs. People have been saying that UMass girls are scared of big and tall black guys at night nowadays.

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  39. I think you really have to consider this: With the rise of feminist misandry as well as more and more reported cases of sexual assault on college campuses (which I know this wasn’t) college administrators have to take these accusations of safety very seriously. While they may not personally believe he was harassing, if one of your female scholarship athletes goes and tells you they’re being bothered by a big black guy, they’re gonna have to take actions against him whether said accusations are true or not. It’s sad that this happened to such an amazing fan, but alas, when a girl reports harassment to administration they have to take action or else it’s their asses in the fire.

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    • They could be protecting their asses… or it could be some short-haired female person who doesn’t like gender-specific pronouns with a hyphenated and somewhat hispanic sounding last name who really enjoys sticking it to men.

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  40. Katie should be ashamed. Josh, so many of us love you, forget about this girl. She’s nobody. And she plays lacrosse, the most pointless sport on the planet. It’s pointless everywhere, but especially in MA. Seriously no one cares. But you’re somebody. We all care.

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  41. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA I thought for a minute you said that some lacrosse player said something and it mattered to anyone outside of Long Island. Wait.. someone listened? Someone took lacrosse seriously?? I must be really drunk right now.

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