Carmelo Anthony needed to be restrained from going after fans in Philadelphia on Thursday night … and it’s all because he says some of them called him “boy.”
As the L.A. Lakers were down big to the 76ers in the fourth quarter of their game in Philly … Melo stopped playing and began walking toward a group of Sixers fans that appeared to be talking trash.
At one point, it looked like Anthony was going to enter the crowd and get face-to-face with the men … but, fortunately, referees grabbed him before he could get to the fans.
Arena security ended up booting the men from the area before it could escalate further … and when Melo was asked about the incident following the game, he told the L.A. Times that he was called “boy” by the men.
Melo added in his postgame interview that he believed all of the smack talk crossed lines.
“Some things were said — unacceptable,” Anthony said. “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.”
Anthony continued, “There’s just certain things you don’t bring to any type of sporting event. There’s just certain things you don’t say to anybody. If I was outside and I bumped into you and you said those things to me, then it would be a totally different story.”
It’s unclear if the fans will face further discipline from the 76ers.
Of course, this is far from the first time this season that players have gotten into it with fans … even Carmelo’s own teammate, LeBron James, had hecklers kicked out of their seats earlier this season.
As for the game, Melo’s Lakers were ultimately blown out by the 76ers, 105-87.