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Carmelo Anthony followed into arena by trash-talking fan in Minnesota

Feb 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Before New York played the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, Carmelo Anthony was apparently the target of a trash-talking fan who followed Anthony into the arena to make sure his harassing comments were heard loud and clear by the Knicks All-Star.

Marc Berman of the New York Post has the details:

Carmelo Anthony was confronted by a trash-talking Timberwolves fan entering the Target Center last night who harassed him about Kevin Garnett and followed Anthony to the Knicks’ locker room. Garnett played 12 seasons in Minnesota.

The fan snuck by security when the Knicks players filed into the arena. He yelled at Anthony, “KG, KG. You don’t know who Kevin Garnett is?’’

Anthony appeared ruffled, shouting back, “Why are you following me? Why are you following me?’’ before ducking into the locker room. The fan was immediately kicked out of the building by arena and Knicks security but was not arrested.

The fan’s words were obviously a reference to Anthony waiting at the bus to speak with Garnett after a game between the Knicks and Celtics earlier this season — an incident which resulted in Anthony receiving a one-game suspension for his actions.

The fact that this occurred at all is extremely disappointing, however, and not just because some idiot felt the need to try to personally engage a professional basketball player in this type of nonsense.

Security at the arenas varies wildly from city to city, and it’s something that should be standardized and regulated by the league for all 30 NBA teams. This is the second time this season where fans have gotten close enough to interact with an NBA personality by easily gaining access to areas that are supposed to be impossible to reach without the proper credentials.

Fans were able to get to Gregg Popovich’s post-game press conference in New York, and actually lob a couple of questions and even gain locker room access before eventually being asked for identification.

These two incidents turned out to be relatively harmless adventures, but next time, the league and its players might not be so fortunate.

  1. nycalldayz - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    NBA security is a bit suspect at times. KG is beloved in Sota, but doesn’t give that fan the right to follow professional athletes around arenas. Wow…LOL

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      David Stern doesn’t have time for security issues, he has to review trades and make sure
      J.Noah is wearing a sweater while injured and sitting on the bench.

  2. spthegr8 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Melo better be careful. This guy seem’s like Jim Carey in the Cable Guy. He just wants to……….HAAAANG OUT!!!!!!

  3. doctorfootball - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Really messed up Melo’s concentration, he only scored 36 points and had 9 rebounds

  4. frankiebooboo - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    For the risks the loser took, like almost getting arrested, I think he could’ve come with something way better and catchier to say.

  5. badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    So now we know why a 6’6′ 255 pound Barkley carrys a gun at all time. ! It ‘s the John Lennon manic fan protection ethic. Scary incident. This could have gone bad fast.That nut should have been tasered immediately.

  6. sportsnut101 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I use to work at arenas n I passed by the players all the time coming from the players bus. If a fan gets by security it’s because they not doing there job.

  7. bengzki - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Annoying players (i.e. Kevin Garnett) seems to have annoying fan/s.

  8. jobotjones - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Dude hasn’t played for your city in how long?
    Get a life.

  9. henryd3rd - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    This is one scary situation. NBA had better beef up security at their venues or we might be seeing another Monica Seles situation one of these days.

  10. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    This is a bad situation waiting to happen. Head of Security for the Timberwolves should be under a microscope and security protocols evaluated. All it takes is one nut job with a gun and the consequences will be tragic.

  11. mazblast - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    This never seems to happen to home team players or fans. Interesting.

  12. kavika6 - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Garnet’s fans are as bad as he is.

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