Carmelo Anthony spoke out recently after a fan at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia yelled a racially-tinged taunt at the NBA star. Anthony has been enjoying a late career resurgance as a role player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Carmelo said there are certain lines fans shouldn’t cross when it comes to taunting athletes.
Joel Embiid of the Sixers agreed completely with Carmelo Anthony’s take. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thought the behavior was unacceptable. Now, the 76ers have taken action to prevent this kind of thing in the future.
The fan, who referred to Carmelo Anthony as “boy” during the game, has been identified by the team. The investigation took about twenty-four hours to reveal that the same person had been a repeat violator of the Sixers’ fan code of conduct. ESPN reported that the fan has been permanently ejected from all future events at the arena. Anthony gave his thoughts on the banishment.
“I mean, they did what they had to do. I don’t think I need to speak on that situation anymore. I think we all know what happened. We all know what was said. I don’t need to speak on that. The Sixers did what was in their hands, like I said, last night. They did what they had to do.”
The offending fan has previously been warned about his inappropriate behavior. The team said the person was not a current season ticket holder. In any event, they will no longer be allowed to harass any NBA players or other performers at Wells Fargo Center.
The Lakers continue their road trip tomorrow for a Sunday matinee against the Atlanta Hawks. Los Angeles has struggled to find chemistry this season. The team will finally return to Crypto.com arena on Wednesday to take on the Portland Trail Blazers.
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