Last night, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected from a game for the ninth time in his career after arguing with referee Tony Brothers over a loose ball foul.
After the game, Anthony’s wife took to Twitter to complain about the call and Brothers as a referee specifically.
He hates Mel. It's personal. Always has. https://t.co/oHGrrOe30Q
— LA LA (@lala) November 12, 2016
When asked about the altercation today, Anthony echoed his wife’s sentiments.
I don’t want to say that it’s personal but I always feel like it’s something.”
— Carmelo Anthony via The Score
Brothers was the referee in the game in 2013 when Anthony and then Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett almost got in an on-court fight over comments Garnett allegedly made about Anthony’s wife.
As this tweet points out, Brothers is now responsible for calling a disproportionate 23 of Anthony’s 122 career technical fouls. Crews that Brothers has been a part of have called 41 of those technicals.
Anthony’s teammate Derrick Rose agreed that Brothers has a personal bias against the former Denver Nugget.
It’s rare to see a player so personally and specifically call out a referee, so we will see if the league gets involved. Players and coaches alike are often fined for criticizing referees publicly, but perhaps the league will asses the situation and take Melo’s side.