Fans take to social media websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to connect with (and criticize) athletes. Dare to read the replies on any post from a guy like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, and there is a guarantee to be a load of negativity.
Often, these comments go ignored. But when one fan on Instagram questioned Melo about how much he cared for the game, the Knicks star had to respond. More from ESPN:
“In response to a fan questioning how much he cared about the game, Anthony wrote, ‘Shows how little you know about me. Staying in NY shows that I do care. If I would have left, what would you have said then? ‘Oh, Melos wack for leaving. He turned his back on NY’. FOH. You are stuck with me buddy. Deal with it. If you want me gone, I’ll personally walk you into the front office so you can plead your case of the Knicks trading me. Hope you have bail money bc they might have you arrested for Disturbing the Peace.’
One fan wrote that Anthony ‘shouldn’t listen to the negativity’ and should ‘trust the process’ because the Knicks are on the right path.
Anthony’s response? ‘Best thing I’ve heard all day.’
Anthony’s commitment to the Knicks and his opinion of their offseason transactions have been topics of widespread speculation this summer. Anthony will likely address the offseason for the first time this week in Las Vegas during the Team USA minicamp.
When asked by a user why he chose to engage with his critics on Instagram, Anthony said, ‘This is therapeutic for me.'”