Carmelo Anthony isn’t sorry for what he told a heckling fan during Tuesday night’s blowout loss at home to the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I don’t think I said anything wrong,” Anthony said to reporters Thursday (via the New York Daily News).
The fan, who was standing a few rows behind Knicks owner James Dolan in a section of seats next to New York’s bench, started yelling in Anthony’s direction during a timeout late in the game.
“He kept calling my name, calling my name, saying, ‘You guys suck, you guys suck.’ At that point, I was trying to gather myself, and I turned around. All I did was point at Dolan and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back,” Anthony said after the game, via ESPN’s Ian Begley.
On Wednesday, the Knicks’ public relations twitter page issued an apology on behalf of Anthony:
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 2, 2016
However, Anthony explained to reporters on Thursday what led to the apology. “The Knicks. It was a collaborative effort,” Anthony said, via the New York Post. “We sat down and talked about it. Everybody thought it would be a good idea to send out an apology. Anthony added it was Dolan’s decision to release the statement.
“[The apology is] between Carmelo, the fan and the owner,” head coach Kurt Rambis said, via the Post.” It seems like it was something born out of frustration. I’ve never brought it up to this team. Players who have been in this league for any length of time know that’s something you just don’t do.”
The Knicks have lost 11 of the last 13 games and are more than likely going to miss the playoffs for a third straight year. It’s easy to get frustrated when you’re losing all the time, and that’s probably what happened with Anthony and the fan on Tuesday. But it seems Anthony didn’t feel the need to apologize like Dolan wanted.