Carmelo Anthony made some less-than-positive headlines earlier this week when it was revealed that he told a New York Knicks fan to go ask for a refund after being heckled during yet another Knicks loss.
During Tuesday night's dismantling at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, a fan yelled at Anthony about the team's poor play and the All-Star small forward pointed out Knicks owner James Dolan to the fan and made a refund comment.
Naturally, Anthony apologised for the incident in a statement the following day, but has now revealed that it wasn't actually his decision to apologise - saying that order came from the very top, Dolan himself.
Speaking to the media after a Knicks practice session, Carmelo sounds like he is saying that the Knicks basically made him apologise.
"It was Mr. Dolan's decision," Anthony said Thursday after practice.
The 31-year-old did, however, go on to add that it was written in collaboration with the Knicks.
"The Knicks," Anthony said with a chuckle when asked who encouraged the statement. "It was a collaborative effort, though. We sat down and we talked about it. Everybody thought it was a good idea to send that apology."
Melo Maintains Innocence
Anthony also went on to reiterate that all he did was tell the disgruntled fan to direct his issues with the plummeting Knicks toward Dolan, who was seated near the team bench. The Knicks, and Dolan himself, basically don't want the owner to be in the spotlight or media at all anymore.
"I don't really think I said anything wrong," Melo said. "The guy said he wasn't coming to any more games. I said why are you talking to me about it? The owner's right there. You should discuss that with him. Don't yell my name out and talk to me about that. Talk to the owner about that. It wasn't no hostility. He said what he had to say. I said what I had to say. That was that."
It's been a pretty depressing season for everyone concerned at the New York franchise, with the emergence of Rookie of the Year candidate Kristaps Porzingis being the only positive as the Knicks have slumped their way to a 26-37 record.
That record is good enough for just 13th place in the Eastern Conference, with only the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers being the only teams with a worse record in the East.