Carmelo Anthony apologizes for snarky reply to heckling Knicks fan
Carmelo Anthony has formally apologized for a snarky response he made to a heckling fan during the New York Knicks’ 104-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
”We are all frustrated by the team’s recent results – everyone, including me, my teammates, coaches and the fans,” the statement issued by the Knicks PR Department read. “Last night, a fan and I let those frustrations get the best of us. I should not have responded the way I did.”
Anthony essentially told the heckling fan to ask for a refund if he was unhappy with how the team was playing, a squad it is worth noting has lost 15 of their last 18 games.
“He kept calling my name, calling my name, saying, ‘You guys suck, you guys suck,'” Anthony said after the game, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “At that point, I was trying to gather myself, and I turned around. All I did was point at Dolan and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back.’ He’s calling me and telling me he’s never coming to another game and we suck. Just don’t want to hear that. I pointed to the owner and told him, ‘You deal with that with him. Maybe you can get your money back.'”
Pretty strong words, to be sure. But it could be argued that the fan, who later appeared to be escorted out of the arena by security following the incident, deserved some kind of response for the taunts. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it, in other words. In fact, the case could be made that the Knicks shouldn’t have forced Anthony to issue the apology, which the organization almost certainly did.
On the other hand, Knicks owner James Dolan can’t be happy to be called out by his star player, specifically because Anthony essentially blamed him and the front office for the organization’s inept and losing ways.