That’s what Anthony’s wife, La La Anthony, tweeted on Friday night after Brothers whistled Anthony for two technical fouls against the Boston Celtics, triggering an ejection.
He hates Mel. It's personal. Always has. https://t.co/oHGrrOe30Q— LA LA (@lala) November 12, 2016
Anthony wasn’t around to comment after the game, but Brothers told a pool reporter in Boston that he had no history with Anthony, a 13-year veteran.
La La Anthony, however, wasn't buying it.
Anthony was tossed with 4 minutes, 44 seconds left in the second quarter after consecutive technical fouls issued by Brothers. Anthony received the first technical when he said something to Brothers following a loose-ball foul call. Brothers walked away, but Anthony trailed behind and kept talking. He was then hit with the second technical.
Brothers later told a pool reporter that he whistled Anthony for the technical due to "bad language."
"I was surprised," Knicks guard Derrick Rose said. "He was still talking quietly. I didn't get it. They have a history, I guess."
“He dove on top of him. You can’t dive on top of a player to go after a ball. That’s a foul,” Brothers said, explaining the loose ball foul.
The Knicks where called for six technicals overall and lost by 28. New York fell to 3-5 and faces Toronto and DeMar DeRozan, the NBA's leading scorer, on the road Saturday night.
Coach Jeff Hornacek was tight-lipped about the Knicks’ technical fouls after the game, but hinted that some of their issues with officials were justified.
“I cannot comment on that stuff except, for some of those, I don’t blame the guys,” he told reporters.
Information from ESPN's Chris Forsberg was used in this report