Carmelo Anthony says apology for heckler incident wasn’t his idea
The New York Knicks PR department issued a statement Wednesday in which Carmelo Anthony supposedly apologized for getting into it with a heckler during Tuesday’s 104-85 blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The problem is Anthony now is saying that the apology wasn’t his idea as he doesn’t believe he did “anything wrong.”
When asked by reporters who was behind the idea of issuing an apology,Anthony made it clear it wasn’t him.
“The Knicks. It was a collaborative effort,” he said after Thursday’s practice, via the New York Post. “We sat down and talked about it. Everybody thought it would be a good idea to send out an apology.”
Technically speaking, Anthony seems to imply that he was involved with the ultimate decision, but later comments indicate even if he was kept in the loop, he didn’t feel an apology was necessary.
The entire situation stems from Anthony telling the heckler if he was so unhappy, he should ask for a refund from Knicks owner James Dolan.
“… He’s calling me and telling me he’s never coming to another game and we suck,” Anthony said in part after the game. “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.’”
Despite the inflammatory nature of his comments, Anthony steadfastly refuses to admit his actions warranted an apology.
“I don’t think I said anything wrong,” Anthony said. “[The fan] said he wasn’t coming to any more games. I said, ‘Why are you talking to me about it. Discuss that with him [Dolan].’”
Anthony did confirm that he discussed the incident with Dolan and that the apology was in part the owner’s idea.
“Yeah I talked to [Dolan],” he said. “We spoke about it. We didn’t spend too much time on it. It was Mr. Dolan’s decision.”
Anthony clearly is beyond frustrated with how this season has completely gone off the rails and devolved into an utter disaster, culminating with the team losing 15 of their last 18 games. It’s quite possible that he’s simply had enough with the Knicks’ perpetual dysfunction.