TORONTO – La La Anthony is defending her husband and questioning the motives of referee Tony Brothers.
Hours after Anthony was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Celtics, La La reiterated on Twitter that the veteran referee has made this personal.
“He has always had an issue with him #factsonly,” La La tweeted as a response to Brothers saying that he has no personal issue with Anthony, adding in a follow-up tweet, “U get tired of watching the same s–t over and over again.”
Anthony was given two quick techs by Brothers in the second quarter of the blowout loss. Brothers said afterwards the techs were the result of “bad language.” The All-Star forward was arguing a call, following Brothers down the court while expressing his displeasure.
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 when asked before Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
“I always feel like it’s something,” Anthony told reporters. “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.”
Tony Brothers officiated the game between the Knicks and Celtics in 2014 when Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett nearly brawled afterwards.
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– encompassing Anthony’s entire career. 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. As of Saturday evening, Brothers’ Wikipedia page described him, “as an American professional referee, and professional Melo Hater.”
“I have nothing to say to him. It ain’t personal with me, on my end,” Anthony said. “I don’t have anything to say to him. He refs. I’ll play. I’ll keep my mouth shut next time.”
Brandon Jennings was also ejected in Saturday’s game, but Jeff Hornacek managed to get through without getting a technical – despite persistent talking to the referee. Hornacek, an even-keeled coach, said he has never been ejected.
“No I don’t think I’ve been kicked out. Usually one technical I’ll go for and after that they kind of get the point,” Hornacek said. “There’s no reason to go for a second one. You try to make your point when you feel you’re not getting the calls and you just kind of keep going.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News