Los Angeles Lakers swingman Carmelo Anthony said some "unacceptable" things were said to him during the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers game. With just over seven minutes left to play in the game, Anthony confronted a fan.
The officials and players from both intervene. Anthony said a fan called him a "boy." "Some things were said," Anthony said afterward. "Unacceptable. 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."
Another fan went on to insult Anthony
While things were being sorted out, another fan decided to take a shot at Anthony and insult him.
That's when 76ers star center Joel Embiid came to calm down the situation. "I was just trying to calm the situation because they were just going back and forth, and I really wanted to just go home and finish the game," Embiid said.
"So, yes, that's what I wanted, to calm the situation down so we could play and move on." Lakers head coach Frank Vogel blasted those insulted Anthony. "Unacceptable language and unacceptable behavior by fans is the simplest way to put it," Vogel said.
"There's got to be a higher standard. And hopefully that's handled the right way." Russell Westbrook, who has had his moments with fans, also described it as "unacceptable behavior." "You play through the heckles. But that's all fun and games," Westbrook said.
"I mean, I've been doing that for 19, 20 years. Especially playing here, it's been a great place to come in and play. And fans, I know how the fans are here. "But 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."