Photo of woman flipping off Bulls player makes headlines
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, but a day later, a fan's finger has the NBA world buzzing.
The Heat blowing out the Bulls in the fourth quarter, the wheels began to fall off at the American Airlines Arena as profanities spewed on the court by Bulls players and ended with ejections. But it's one old-fashioned hand gesture of displeasure that was seen all over the Internet. "Yeah, fans get excited, of course, as long as it's not anything … anything physical towards the players. It's just a gesture. Everyone does it," said Frank Ruscitti.
A Chris Andersen block led to a Ray Allen three-point play. In the video, you can see Bulls center Joakim Noah, who was on the bench at the time, stand up to voice his displeasure to officials.
Noah came onto the court and was ejected. Moments later, a newspaper photographer snapped Noah heading for the exit. That's when he was confronted with a purse-holding, colorful top-wearing, mouth-open, muscle-flexing, arm-extended Heat fan, who sticks her middle finger seemingly inches from his face.
Noah didn't respond back to the woman.
Taj Gibson was the next Bull player who was kicked out of the game after he said a profanity.
After the game, Noah reacted to his team's meltdown. "Yeah, I would call that, not keeping your cool, not being very Zen," he said.
Deadspin.com had a headline which read: "Crazy Bird-Flipping Miami Heat Fan."
Other Internet headlines used the words "classless" and "shameful."
The question that everyone wants to know is, who is the woman? She is being identified as Filomena Tobias, brought up as an Italian Catholic schoolgirl in New Jersey. She is the widow of former CNBC commentator Seth Tobias, who was found dead in the swimming pool of his Jupiter mansion in 2007.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Seth Tobias' siblings accused Filomena of foul play in his death. She was never charged.
Tobias' daughter told the paper about the firestorm: "She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport. She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life." The daughter added, "I have to say she still looks really hot."
Heat fans have mixed feelings. "Personally, I find that offensive. The game was exciting, there was a lot of physical contact, a lot of emotions going on, but I don't think that's necessary," said Cheri Snyder.
Heat players said they understand fans are passionate, but emotions must remain in check. "We just want to ask our fans to cheer for us and to boo them when they come here and all that, but let's stay first class around here in Miami," said Dwayne Wade.
Filomena lives a few doors away from Michael Jordan.
A source told 7News the Miami Heat sent Filomena a "code-of-conduct warning" letter but did not revoke her season tickets.
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