Carmelo Anthony usually doesn’t address the cheating rumors that have plagued him over the years, but he did on Wednesday, June 26.
Earlier in the day, online photos surfaced of the hoop veteran in Europe with a woman in a bathing suit. The two were on a boat together and looked to be conversing in one of the pictures.
The photos come several months after Melo and his wife La La Anthony rekindled their marriage since being estranged. The general talk was that Melo fathered a child with a woman named Mia Angel Burks while married to the “Power” star, which caused the split.
And because of the past cheating talk, it didn’t seem like people had to be convinced that Mr. Anthony was doing something wrong on the boat.
“He’s just a bad person,” someone tweeted.
But on Wednesday Melo spoke to TMZ and said the woman is just a friend. He also explained that her husband was on-board — then he slammed the media.
“I’m going to address this one time and one time only,” the future Hall of Famer began. “And I’m really only addressing it for my family. Keep my family out this, man. I’m over here trying to do my business retreat. I’m over here trying to have a good time. I’m on a boat with some friends. Them people are married, man. They ain’t got nothing to do with anything.”
“Y’all exposing somebody’s wife, y’all exposing somebody’s kids, come on. Leave that alone,” he added. “Now I got to deal with that with my son, I got to deal with that with my wife. All them bloggers that are trying to put that out there, that ain’t cool at all … The only reason I’m addressing this, because it’s affecting my family now.”
People left plenty of comments on Melo’s Instagram page after his statement, and some believed him, while others didn’t.
Then, out of nowhere, Burks weighed in and accused Melo of not seeing their rumored lovechild.
“N—-s out here explaining how they’re laid up on a boat with another man’s wife but can’t explain why they can’t spend time with their daughter,” she wrote Wednesday on Instagram Stories.
“This is why you don’t sleep with married men,” someone wrote Burks’ page.
“I don’t blame Mia,” a second person commented. “I would just stay silent on her business with her daughter. Silence is KEY!!!”