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Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony on incident with Sixers fan: ‘Certain things you don’t say to anybody’

  • January 28, 2022

A pair of 76ers fans were seemingly ejected from their seats near the court at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center during Thursday night’s game after they were verbally confronted by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony. 

Anthony walked straight toward the stands following a stoppage in play in the fourth quarter and had some words for the fans. A ref quickly intervened, and the officials and security appeared to ask two fans to leave. Anthony then exchanged words with another fan sitting courtside, though Sixers big man Joel Embiid and another ref pulled the veteran Lakers forward away. That fan was not seemingly asked to leave. 

“It is what it is,” Anthony said of the incident after the game. “Some things were said. Unacceptable. I’m cool with fans heckling, fans talking trash, cheering for their team, booing the other team. I’m all for that. But when you cross certain lines, as a man … that’s what you’re going to see. That’s what you’re going to get, as you saw.”

Anthony declined to say what exactly was said, but Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that one of the fans kept calling the 10-time All-Star “boy.”  

had popcorn dumped on him by a fan in Philadelphia. Before this season, Wells Fargo Center announced a zero-tolerance policy for “racial or identity-based” language. 

“Unacceptable language and unacceptable behavior by fans,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “There’s got to be a higher standard and hopefully that’s handled the right way.” 

Anthony finished Thursday’s game with nine points, three rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes. The Lakers, who were playing without LeBron James, lost 105-87.

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