Brooklyn Nets’ beloved service dog Acorn retires after years of dedicated duty at Barclays Center

Acorn the service dog stole the spotlight at Wednesday’s Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center, where the team and arena staff celebrated the 7-year-old Labrador’s retirement.
Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Nets

In a heartfelt farewell ceremony at the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets bid adieu to their beloved service dog Acorn, who is retiring after years of dedicated service.

The 7-year-old yellow Labrador safeguarded the arena and its basketball team for half-a-decade, working to protect fans and players alike.

Prior to the tip-off of the April 10 game, Acorn stole the spotlight as she received the prestigious honor of delivering the game ball at center court. She was also presented with her very own personalized Brooklyn Nets jersey, symbolizing her integral role within the Nets family and the Barclays Center community.

Acorn delivered the game ball at center court ahead of tip-off on Wednesday, April 10.Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Nets

The arena’s senior director of security, Michael Sobieraj, worked closely with Acorn, and wished her well.

“Our lovable K9 Acorn has helped keep everyone at Barclays Center safe since 2019, and she also brought smiles and joy to anyone who crossed her path,” Sobieraj told Brooklyn Paper. “We wish Acorn a healthy and relaxing retirement with her handler, Tanesha, one filled with long naps and delicious treats. Thank you, Acorn, for keeping our arena and guests safe during your dedicated years of service.”

Acorn gets some love from Brooklyn Nets player Trendon Watford ahead of her retirement.Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Nets