Anthony Rotondi , who used to work for ING Financial Services as a trader, got kicked out of Madison Square Garden for yelling “Carmelo, you stink.”
Not only was security at Madison Square unimpressed with Rotondi’s behaviour, neither was his employer. Rotondi says he was ejected from the game, arrested and then fired by his company ING after 12 years of employment.
Rotondi is now suing the owners of Madison Square Garden, seeking pre-litigation information.
While arguing in a New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan Tuesday, Rotondi argued that criticizing Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks should not have led to his ejection from the game.
“At no point did Rotondi interfere with the game,” according to the filing. “To the contrary, Rotondi merely engaged in the type of fan-like conduct the Garden encourages each and every night that the Knicks play, and that he had engaged in at previous Knicks games at the Garden.”
According to court filings, Rotondi said he and his supervisor took clients to the game, sitting in seats owned by ING. Rotondi says he yelled at Anthony in the final minute of the game after the Knicks blew a 14-point lead. He was then escorted from his seat with 6.7 seconds left in the game.
Two days after the game Rotondi was fired because of the incident.
Elaine Clark, a spokeswoman for ING Groep in New York, said in an e mail that it’s the company’s policy not to comment on personnel issues.
Are you always on the clock / being scrutinized if you’re on company time or with your boss? Did the company make the right decision firing him? Is heckling part of being at a sports game? Did this all go too far?
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –