Carmelo Anthony has been enjoying a late career run with the Los Angeles Lakers that has seen him have a resurgence as he reinvents himself as a player. Melo has been just fine with a reduced role as he supports superstars like LeBron James and Michael Westbrook. The Lakers have struggled this season, but Anthony has been well-received in Los Angeles.
Carmelo Anthony is coming up on his 20th anniversary as an NBA player. In that time, he has earned respect everywhere he’s gone. Anthony is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and has appeared in ten all-star games.
Anthony had a tough moment recently when a Philadelphia 76ers fan used a racially tinged taunt against him. The Lakers were on their way to another lopsided defeat as Philly went on to win 105-87. With about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, a fan referred to Carmelo as “boy,” according to ESPN. The Lakers star said the comment was unacceptable.
“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, you just, that’s what you’re going to see. That’s what you’re going to get, as you saw there.”
Joel Embiid of the 76ers also took Carmelo Anthony’s side. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said the language and behavior was unacceptable. Russell Westbrook also said it wasn’t the first time Sixers fans have been inappropriate. We’ll see if the 76ers do anything to curb this type of taunting in the future.
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