Mike Murphy, one of two Philadelphia fans who were tossed from the 76ers-Lakers game on Thursday for taunting Los Angeles veteran forward Carmelo Anthony, has been banned indefinitely from all future 76ers games at the Wells Fargo Center.
“A 76ers spokesperson told ESPN that an investigation conducted in the last 24 hours since the Sixers-Lakers game resulted in the fan who targeted Carmelo Anthony being banned indefinitely from all future 76ers games, as well as all future events at Wells Fargo Center,” the report said.
After the game, Anthony confirmed Yahoo Sports’ report that the fans were calling him “boy” multiple times during the game.
Murphy joined the Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team show on SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia on Friday and said his comments toward Anthony were not meant to be racist.
“He comes down the court,” Murphy said about Anthony on the radio station. “We’re blowing [them] out in the game. I say to him, ‘You’re a little boy. Let him shoot. Let him shoot.’ He looked at me. He smiles. I think he goes down to the other end of the court. He comes back down … and I say, ‘Let him shoot. He’s a little boy.’ And he lost his cool out of nowhere.”