It goes without saying that Miami HEAT haters rank high among sports journalists. So when a well-heeled Miami fan gave Chicago Bulls center Joakim Naoh the finger after he was ejected from game 2, the haters rushed to identify her.
Filomena Tobias, who goes by the name “Phyllis,” is the woman seen clutching her pricey red Chanel purse and giving Noah the business in a photo that went viral this morning.
The media is foaming at the mouth at Filomena’s sordid, made-for-TV past.
According to NY magazine, Phyllis’s husband, hedge fund manager Seth Tobias, was found floating face down in the pool of the couple’s unfinished $5 million mansion in an exclusive gated community in Jupiter, Florida, where golfer Tiger Woods lives.
The writer goes on to speculate that Phyllis may have been responsible for her husband’s death in 2007 — though she was never charged with any wrongdoing.
The writer arrived at that conclusion because Phyllis and Tobias didn’t get along (as with most couples when the dopamine fades).
They say that Phyllis often got at Tobias about his expensive cocaine addiction. Then there was the time when she showed up at his place of business demanding money (as most high society wives do when their allowance runs low).
“Give me 15,000 [expletive] dollars. Give me 15,000 [expletive] dollars,” a staffer recalls Phyllis requesting from Tobias.
According to the writer, a “psychic” pinned Tobias’s death on Phyllis, saying Phyllis “lured Seth into the pool with promises” of arranging a sexual liaison with a certain “gay porn star–exotic dancer who went by the name Tiger because of the tiger stripes he had tattooed on his body.”
All of this proves that the media will stop at nothing to tarnish the Miami HEAT’s spectacular 115-78 dismantling of the hapless Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Phyllis isn’t the only loyal fan to ever heckle an opposing player at a NBA game. Her only crime seems to be that she is a Miami HEAT fan.
When reached by phone by a reporter for the Florida Sun Sentinel, Phyllis’ daughter, Victoria Racanati, said of her mother, “She’s embarrassed, but she is being a good sport.”
She added: “She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life.”
Thanks to loyal reader luVn_liFe for the tip.