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    Carmelo Anthony issues apology to heckler, says it was team owner James Dolan's idea

    Mar 3, 2016
    Carmelo Anthony has been frustrated about the Knicks dismal season, and it boiled over to the sidelines as he recently confronted a heckler. AP

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony says the decision to issue an apology for his interaction with a fan was made by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.

    Anthony told a heckling fan Tuesday during the Knicks' loss to Portland to ask Dolan for his money back, pointing to the owner sitting nearby. On Wednesday, the Knicks sent a statement on Anthony's behalf in which he said he shouldn't have responded the way he did.

    Anthony says he spoke to Dolan, who felt it would be best to apologize.

    "It was Mr. Dolan's decision," Anthony says Thursday (Friday, Manila time) after practice.

    Anthony adds that it was written in collaboration with the Knicks, saying: "We sat down and we talked about it. Everybody thought it would be a good idea to send out an apology."

    A spokesman for Dolan declined to comment.

    Anthony has been frustrated as the Knicks have lost 15 of 18. He missed a team charity bowling event Wednesday, with the Knicks saying he was excused for personal reasons.

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    Carmelo Anthony has been frustrated about the Knicks dismal season, and it boiled over to the sidelines as he recently confronted a heckler. AP
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