We now know the identity of the Miami Heat fan who decided to stick her middle finger right in Joakim Noah's face last night. Her backstory is just as ridiculous as you would expect it to be.
Her name is Filomena (sometimes Phyllis) Tobias, and she is the bird-flipper according to a quote her daughter gave to the Sun Sentinel:
"Yes, it's my mom. She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," said the daughter told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."
The daughter said her mom did not want to comment.
Oh, but there's so much more! Tobias is best known as the drug addled woman who divorced three times before marrying hedge fund manager Seth Tobias, whom she was then accused of murdering by her internet psychic. She also possibly met Seth Tobias on the sex-party circuit and may have once kidnapped a gay stripper named Tiger. Whew! You get all that?
All of these sordid details came to light in a 2008 New York Magazine story about Seth Tobias's death and relationship with Filomena, which includes this excerpt of an instant-messaging chat between Filomena and Seth:
Phyllis: YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF STOPPING TO DRINK, OR DOING YOUR COKE OR BEING HONEST …
Seth: I am sad about this.
Phyllis: I HOPE YOU GET AIDS WIT ALL THE WHORES YOU FUK TOO.
Seth: I am sorry … take a breather.
Phyllis: NOW IT’S WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Tobias’s marriage was also tanking. Phyllis would often appear at the office and demand cash. “Give me 15,000 fucking dollars. Give me 15,000 fucking dollars,” she hissed on one visit, according to the former Circle T staffer. Tobias had promised Phyllis that he would stop using cocaine, but she didn’t believe him. In the fall of 2005, the couple was having dinner at Bice, a Palm Beach restaurant, with six other people. Just after sitting down, Phyllis jumped from her seat and placed her lips over Tobias’s nose and began sucking. She was searching for cocaine residue.
Joakim Noah should consider himself lucky to have escaped this woman's presence with his life.
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