Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament left a fan with a broken nose after playing a basketball game with him and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler in New Zealand over the weekend.
Sherif Hassan was invited to play with the musicians in Auckland during their break from the Big Day Out festival and he admits the game was a little more physical than he’d imagined it would be.
He tells Triple J radio station, “(Ament is) aggressive, I’ll tell you that much. He broke my nose. It was actually the last play of the game – the one time I decided to play proper defense. All I heard was Win going off about how the rules are rubbish down here, and throwing balls around and chucking a bit of a hissy fit.”
Despite the injury, Hassan insists he has no hard feelings towards Ament and will not be seeking compensation.
He continues, “It was worth it. (Ament) got us all tickets to the Auckland BDO and hooked us up with backstage passes. I got to meet Lorde, Major Lazer and Mac Miller… We got to the front of stage for Pearl Jam, and Eddie Vedder gave me a shout out.”