Mystery Miami Heat Middle-Finger Fan Identified as Filomena Tobias
Following a Game 2 where everyone in American Airlines Arena seemed to lose their minds, one fan decided to berate and flip off the recently ejected Joakim Noah. Her name is Filomena Tobias.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel sated our need to know exactly who would go to such lengths to illustrate their disdain for the Bulls star.
The woman whose one-finger salute has become an Internet sensation overnight is Filomena Tobias, the widow of former CNBC commentator and financial wizard Seth Tobias, said Filomena Tobias' daughter, Victoria Racanati, when reached by phone by the Sun Sentinel.
For those who fell asleep during the Heat's 115-78 rout of the Bulls, Noah would eventually get ejected—hardly shocking considering the game featured nine technical fouls on the night—and have a bird thrown his way as he sauntered to the locker room, via Bleacher Report's Twitter feed.
Heat fans had some words (& a gesture) for Joakim Noah as he was ejected. twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 9, 2013
Tobias' daughter, who was rather forthcoming with the Sun-Sentinel, delivered a bit more on her mother, who has gone from irate fan to embarrassed Internet celebrity.
"She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," said Racanati. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."
There is really no more fitting way to end that quote.
Was Tobias out of line?
Racanati went on to say mom is a huge fan and has season tickets to the games. Also, she is a little peeved about all the comments filling the Internet at the moment. I wonder how Noah felt about the sudden criticism placed before his eyes in finger form.
Some may be familiar with Tobias' name, and Deadspin helps jog your memory on the peculiar past of this particular Heat superfan.
It seems Filomena was married and divorced three times before walking down the aisle with Seth Tobias. Her tumultuous relationships and alleged substance abuse were documented in a 2008 Jezebel report.
Several years later, she is garnering attention yet again, albeit for a far more trivial matter.
As for this particular instance—one that involves an athlete who was merely trying to walk to the locker room without getting a heaping dose of disrespect tossed at him—we now have an important answer to a burning question.
You have to wonder what kind of person would think to demean an athlete he or she presumably never met, one that was just trying to walk away from the court with a little decency.
I suppose Filomena Tobias is the answer.
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