76ers fan who taunted Carmelo Anthony banned from all home games


Mike Murphy, one of two Philadelphia fans who were ejected from Thursday’s 76ers-Lakers game for taunting veteran Los Angeles forward Carmelo Anthony, has been banned indefinitely from all future 76ers games at the Wells Fargo Center.

After the match, Anthony confirmed Yahoo Sports report that fans constantly called him “boy” throughout the game, according to Los Angeles Times The Lakers beat writer Dan Woike.

According to Keith Pompey from The Philadelphia InvestigatorMurphy joined the Angelo Cataldi and the morning shift Friday on SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia and said his comments towards Anthony were not meant to be racist.

“He comes down to the pitch,” Murphy said of Anthony on the radio station. “We are blowing [them] outside in the game. I say to him: ‘You are a little boy. Let him shoot. Let him shoot. He looked at me. He smiles. I think he goes down the other end of the field. He comes down…and I say, ‘Let him shoot. It’s a little boy. And he lost his temper out of nowhere.

The word “boy” used by white people to describe a black man has always been associated with a negative connotation.

Shortly after the comments, Murphy was kicked out of the game along with another fan, who was a black man.

Speak Applicant, a league source said Murphy denied calling Anthony a “boy” while speaking with arena security, saying he called him a “bum”. More so, Thursday’s incident was not the first time that Murphy has been involved in disciplinary action regarding his behavior.

Anthony said the comments made about him were unacceptable.

“I’m cool with fans heckling, fans talking trash, cheering on their team, booing the other team,” Anthony said. ” I completely agree. But when you cross certain lines, as a man, that’s what you’re going to see. That’s what you’re going to get, as you’ve seen.

“It’s just certain things that you don’t bring to any type of sporting event. Some things you don’t tell anyone. If I was out there and met you and you told me these things, then it would be a totally different story.

Although it was reported that Murphy was a season ticket holder, he was not but always was a familiar face inside the arena. After the incident, he will not be allowed to enter the arena for the time being.

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