Michele Roberts doubled down on her comments about New York Knicks president Phil Jackson concerning the Carmelo Anthony situation.NBPA executive director Michele Roberts has taken Carmelo Anthony‘s side in the Phil Jackson feud. After initially calling Jackson’s anti-Melo comments “inappropriate” Roberts took another swipe at The Zen Master in an interview with The Vertical.
Roberts thinks Phil was deliberately trying to shame ‘Melo out of the city.” Then she elaborated further when she talked about this situation in regards to the rest of the league.
“Our players understand that they can privately complain about how a team is managed but they cannot do it publicly without being subject to sanction,” she said. “But it has to work both ways. If Phil tells ‘Melo in private that being in New York is not a good fit for him, that’s his right. But these comments were made in public, and it’s very disturbing because Phil gave him the no-trade clause and he has to respect it. He’s got to allow a player to make a decision for any reason – to win a ring, for money, home life, whatever.”
Per The Vertical, Roberts says she’s all but given up on waiting for the league to sanction Jackson, something that she “would have bet my paycheck on” after hearing Jackson’s now famous press conference remarks.
Roberts also says that other players around the league are “unhappy” the situation between Jackson and Anthony wasn’t addressed.