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What everybody’s buzzing about: The crazy-eyed woman flipping Noah the bird

May 9, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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It’s become the talk of twitter and one of the more memorable images of these playoffsJoakim Noah is walking off the floor after being ejected from Game 2 Tuesday night and there is a Miami woman with real anger in her face leaning over the railing screaming in his face and flipping him the bird.

For people who want to poke fun at Miami, she is a hanging curveball to hit out of the park — blond, tanned, overdone housewife screaming needless vitriol at an ejected player with her team up 30 points. My favorite part is the security guard looking like he’d rather be anywhere else, or maybe the guy there with the woman yelling just as loudly. (We’d show you the photo, but it was taken by a USA Today photographer and we don’t have the rights, just follow the link above or this one to see it.)

Of course, some people have spent the day looking up who this woman is… and that is a story in and of itself.

She is Filomena Tobias, the widow of hedge fund manager, financial wizard and CNBC commenter Seth Tobias. The daughter of Tobias confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that it was her mom in the photo.

“She’s embarrassed, but she is being a good sport,” the daughter told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. “She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life.”

She must not be familiar with the Internet.

But people who are have found out a lot more about Filomena, a lot of it in juicy details from a 2008 New York Magazine piece not long after Seth’s death.

Before Seth Tobias wound up dead in his pool; before the accusations surfaced that his wife was a thrice-divorced pill-popper and cocaine user who drugged Seth and killed him for his money; before the claims that Seth had led a secret life in which he drank too much, snorted a boatload of coke, and liked to pick up male hustlers and strippers, including one named Tiger; before Seth’s brothers filed suit in Palm Beach to block Phyllis from getting her hands on Seth’s estimated $25 million estate; and certainly before I found myself face-to-face with the main source of all the dirt—a 300-pound gay con man and Internet psychic with a long criminal history named Billy Ash who claims to have been the couple’s personal assistant and may well have fabricated all or part of his claims regarding Seth and Phyllis because he’s a proven liar and self-serving attention seeker … Before all of that, Seth Tobias was known to the world, to the extent he was known at all, as an upright cable-TV talking head and multimillionaire hedge-fund manager.

If you like the salacious stuff, click on that link and read the New York Magazine post.

The rest of us are going to move on to looking at Game 3… and the other soap opera of Derrick Rose.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I mean, fans are fans. I have sat in the front 10 rows at NFL, NBA and MLB games, but I don’t get personal with taunts of players or do things like that. She better be glad that Noah is a sensible guy. I would have loved to have seen her pull this with Ron 10 years ago, or someone else who has slapped a fan or two.

    • eboneseagles - May 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      JR woulda given her the pipe

    • fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Lil Wayne should hit that like he did to HOF’er Chris Boshs wife.

      • brutl - May 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        You’re the guy who gets into a fight and goes right for the nuts.
        No class

    • brutl - May 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      If she poured a beer all over his head he might have. A middle finger to the face and maybe some bad breath, eh, not so much.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        lmao@”and maybe some bad breath”

      • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        and cocaine. LOTS of cocaine.

    • fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      that lady is a thief, she stole Wades blouse, that matches his jacket.

    • ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I’ve sat floor seats as well, and like you said, I’ve never EVER hurled any kind of personal statements at players.

      Fans seem to have less and less class. And those with money that can afford seats that close to the action seem to believe they have a license to be an a-hole and do whatever they want. I personally would like to see more malice at the palace kind of treatment of fans that are a-holes. Go ahead, get in a 7 foot athletes face, and when he shoves you 5 rows back that’s your own personal problem. In fact I wish the penalty box at hockey games was only about 4 feet tall so a player could hop over and beat someones @$$ for taunting them.

      Just because you can be that close to an athlete does not give you the right to get in their face about anything. If that lady did that to anyone on the streets she’d get shoved in front of a bus and nobody would blame the person for doing it.

  2. herkulease - May 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Perhaps it is the angle and she only looks closer to Noah than she really is. But I’ve been to numerous arenas, the guards/staff will not even let you reach out like that. Home team or away.

    • cantonbound13 - May 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      That security guard is trying not to laugh. What do you expect from a classless organization? Their owner is on the phone, laughing, during a meaningless regular season home game, while his cruise ship is stranded at sea a second straight day with thousands of people on board. Classless organization from the owner down to the bandwagon fans.

  3. eboneseagles - May 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    That woman was disgusting.

  4. yuwannano - May 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Whoa! Anybody read that NewYorker story?? Why does Florida have so many crazy people!?!?

    • jaerba - May 9, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      She’s originally from Jersey. :P That’s a double dose of crazy.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Every time I read some heinous story, I automatically think it’s Florida. Maybe it is the welfare state, poverty and unemployment rates, but people down there are lunatics.

      • ezzz2the - May 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        As a Miamian myself I can definitely confirm we lead the US in crazy ass outrageous stories…It’s summer all year there’s plenty of time to do crazy stuff under the sun

      • comeonnowguys - May 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        I have a game I like to play when I read a headline.

        “Arizona, Texas or Florida?”

  5. reesesteel23 - May 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Hilllllarious….I cant stop laughing…

    The bored secuirty guard tops it off

  6. chitownmatt - May 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Looks like they have another potential cast member for Real House Wives of Miami…

  7. bougin89 - May 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    This lady maybe, just maybe have been under the influence of cocaine.

  8. jhuck92 - May 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I’m not worried about it. She’s more than likely the classic example of a plastic, unloved Miami trophy wife sleeping with the pool boy. For someone who pays that much to sit near the players, she’s showing just how classless she really is.

  9. alildusty - May 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    dunno if this is allowed but direct link.

  10. sellahh - May 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Who let her out of the kitchen anyway

  11. joebone - May 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    She sounds hideous.

    • miamatt - May 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      What are you wearing, “Jake from State Farm”?

  12. cantonbound13 - May 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    The worst fan base ever. They show up late to games, leave early & don’t have an ounce of class. Not to mention zero basketball knowledge.

  13. chargerdillon - May 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Noah comes from the school of “if you cant beat em, BEAT EM UP”

    If you saw the superstar of your team getting mauled by a bunch of thugs, you’d probably feel the same way as she did too.

    Alcohol + Live event = The same thing at any sports venue in the world

    No news here

  14. jerseyshoregiant - May 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I knew Seth. Went to school with his brothers Sam and Spence. People in these parts believe she did it.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    “Before Seth Tobias wound up dead in his pool; before the accusations surfaced that his wife was a thrice-divorced pill-popper and cocaine user who drugged Seth and killed him for his money; before the claims that Seth had led a secret life in which he drank too much, snorted a boatload of coke, and liked to pick up male hustlers and strippers, including one named Tiger; before Seth’s brothers filed suit in Palm Beach to block Phyllis from getting her hands on Seth’s estimated $25 million estate; and certainly before I found myself face-to-face with the main source of all the dirt—a 300-pound gay con man and Internet psychic with a long criminal history named Billy Ash who claims to have been the couple’s personal assistant and may well have fabricated all or part of his claims regarding Seth and Phyllis because he’s a proven liar and self-serving attention seeker … Before all of that, Seth Tobias was known to the world, to the extent he was known at all, as an upright cable-TV talking head and multimillionaire hedge-fund manager.”
    ————————

    What in THEEEEEEEEEE world did I just read??? LMFAO

  16. patfic15 - May 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Maybe a pic next time?

  17. micahernst - May 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    You guys missed this part from the NY Mag article:

    “Her nickname, a nod to her personality, was Sunny”

    lol

  18. patfic15 - May 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Oops… Read the not having the rights part….

  19. jhuck92 - May 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I’m not worried about it. She’s more than likely just another unloved Miami trophy wife sleeping with the pool boy. Usually, the classy people have the money to sit near the players… not this broad.

  20. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    “All she has to say is that people need to get a life.”

    Let me get this straight. Some old bag with money she got the old-fashioned way (inheritance, possibly of the hastened variety) goes to a basketball game, gets so carried away that she flips the bird at a guy who’s bigger than 98% of the population, who could snap her in two without giving it much thought–and SHE says that OTHER people need to get a life?

  21. fruitcovejag - May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Yes, she’s got issues! Sad!

  22. albertmn - May 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    That woman is disgusting in more ways than one.

  23. halfbaht - May 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Typical arrogant heat fan. I hope the bulls win the series and Noah flips you off!

  24. mattblues110 - May 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    “You stay classy Miami”

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