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Charles Barkley and Shaq react to 76ers fans heckling Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony: ‘It won’t stop me’

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Charles Barkley and Shaq react to 76ers fans heckling Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony: ‘It won’t stop me’

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Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony had heard enough from a few 76ers fans at the Wells Fargo Center.

During the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game between Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Anthony got into a verbal altercation with Sixers fans. After a stoppage in play, the 37-year-old headed straight for the touchline and faced the fans standing behind a row of pitchside seats.

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Officials moved in front of Anthony and security guards approached the fans to defuse the situation. Anthony also exchanged words with another fan standing near the corner of the pitch.

Anthony told reporters after the Lakers’ 105-87 loss that he heard fans call him “boy” and noted several groups of people makes inappropriate comments. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported a fan shouted “go to the corner, boy” and “keep shooting, boy”.

“Some things have been said. [It’s] unacceptable,” Anthony said. “I’m cool with fans heckling, fans talking trash, cheering on their team, booing the other team. I’m all for it. 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.

On the “NBA on TNT” postgame show, Ernie Johnson asked the panel of Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith for their thoughts on the situation and how they would have reacted. Barkley suggested Anthony overreacted because “you can’t be thin-skinned in sports”.

“I won’t get upset [if] someone calls me boy,” Barkley said. “Come on, man. Stop tripping. Look, I guess for me it’s okay, a guy calling me a boy.”

Smith thought Anthony shouldn’t have taken the heckling and said he had no problem with unruly fans being kicked out by security guards. O’Neal disagreed with Smith, saying only a “soft” person would call for a ventilator to be ejected.

“When you’re warriors like me and Chuck, you don’t mind anyway. … When you’re warriors like us, that’s not going to stop me,” O’Neal said. “Let me tell you something, bro. Playing in Texas, playing in the SEC, I’ve heard it all. It can’t be true. It’s not going to stop me.”

A 76ers spokesperson told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that a fan was ejected from the game and any further discipline would be handed down by the Wells Fargo Center. Asked if he had been informed of any possible suspensions for the fans involved, Anthony said the next steps were “out of my hands”.

“It’s not up to me. I don’t control that,” Anthony said. “The only thing I can do is – sometimes you play through. You try to play through certain things. You play through the heckling, but it’s just fun and games. I do it’s been like 19, 20 years, especially coming here, it’s a great place to come and play in. The fans, I know how the fans are here.

“But there are just certain things that you don’t bring to any type of sporting event. There are just certain things that you don’t tell anyone. If I was outside and met you, and you told me those things, then it would be a totally different story.”



Charles Barkley and Shaq react to 76ers fans heckling Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony: ‘It won’t stop me’

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