TORONTO – After La La Anthony took to Twitter to defend her husband and question the motives of a referee, Carmelo vowed to stay silent the next time in the presence of Tony Brothers.
But he also didn’t deny what his wife had tweeted – that Brothers, a veteran official, is operating with a personal vendetta against the Knicks All-Star.
“I have nothing to say to him. It ain’t personal with me, on my end,” Anthony told reporters before scoring 31 points in Saturday’s 118-107 loss to the Raptors. “I don’t have anything to say to him. He refs. I’ll play. I’ll keep my mouth shut next time.”
Brothers ejected Anthony with successive technicals for arguing in the second quarter of Friday night’s blowout loss to the Celtics, not long before La La sent out multiple tweets on the subject.
“He Hates Mel. It’s personal. Always has,” she wrote.
“He has always had an issue with him #factsonly,” she added as a response to Brothers saying that he has no personal issue with Anthony.
And to finish her string of tweets, La La wrote, “U get tired of watching the same (expletive) over and over again.”
Anthony jetted out of the locker room on Friday without speaking to reporters, but – in careful language to avoid a fine – basically echoed his wife.
“I always feel like it’s something,” he said. “I didn’t think (Saturday) night would cause a tech or an ejection at that point in time. I really don’t know what to say about the situation.
“I thought it was two quick technicals. But what can I do at that point in time? I wasn’t going to argue or fight it, make the situation worse than what it was. …I don’t even know the last time I’ve been ejected from a game of basketball. I don’t even know what that feels like. To be on the road and playing in a game of that stature and to be kicked out the game for what reason? Because of a couple of bad words. I don’t know.”
Anthony’s ejection really hurt the Knicks in Boston, where they struggled without their best offensive player. Anthony, who scored 12 points in 12 minutes against the Celtics, had a mismatch against Marcus Smart and looked poised to have a big game.
Brothers has been an NBA referee since the 1994-95 season. The 52-year-old officiated the game between the Knicks and Celtics in 2014 when Anthony and Garnett nearly brawled afterwards. Otherwise, it’s hard to trace the origins of any animosity.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News