Tensions ran high during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat, on the floor and in the stands.
After Bulls center Joakim Noah picked up his second technical foul of the night for arguing a call from the bench in the fourth quarter, a female fan at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami was photographed screaming at him as he left the court. She was also flashing her middle finger right in his face. Her male companion seemed nearly as angry, although he refrained from making any obscene gestures.
NSFW but you HAVE to see this photo from Noah's ejection tonight. twitter.com/HPbasketball/s…
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 9, 2013
At the 45-second mark of the video below, the woman who flipped off Noah can be seen sharing a high five with another fan in the row behind her. They all seemed quite pleased, either with themselves or the large lead the Heat held.
"I just wanted to let the referee, I wanted to let him know, how I felt about the game," Noah told reporters after his Bulls were dealt a 115-78 loss, via The Associated Press.
Apparently, the fans in Miami just wanted Noah to know how they felt. All told, it doesn't seem like anyone was particularly happy with anyone else.
UPDATE: The female fan who flashed her middle finger at Joakim Noah has been identified as Filomena Tobias by the Sun Sentinel. Tobias' daughter spoke with the Sun Sentinel and identified the fan as her mother.
"She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," Tobias' daughter told the Sun Sentinel. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."
Tobias' backstory is even more eye-catching than her behavior. She is the widow of Seth Tobias, a wealthy investment manager and CNBC commentator who drowned in 2007. Seth's brothers would later accuse Filomena of drugging her late husband and luring him into a swimming pool were he drowned, according to The New York Times. In 2008, New York Magazine delved into the sordid case, chronicling the circumstances of Seth's death and the wild accusations involving drugs, money and male strippers.
CLICK HERE to read New York piece on the death of Seth Tobias.