There was one image that stuck out from the Chicago Bulls embarrassing Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night and that was a crazy, middle-aged woman with bleach blonde hair getting in the face of Joakim Noah as he made his way off the court after being ejected. The woman in the picture, Filomena Tobias, decided to give Noah the one-finger salute and now there is information about her coming out that makes us think Noah may have gotten off easy.
The woman whose one-finger salute has become an Internet sensation overnight is Filomena Tobias, the widow of former CNBC commentator and financial wizard Seth Tobias, said Filomena Tobias’ daughter, Victoria Racanati, when reached by phone by the Sun Sentinel.
Where the story really gets interesting is in a 2008 report from Stephen Rodrick of New York magazine where he profiles Tobias’ death and gives us details on the story behind Tobias and the CNBC commentator’s death.
Tobias’ brothers had apparently accused Filomena Tobias of playing a role in Seth’s death.
Before Seth Tobias wound up dead in his pool; before the accusations surfaced that his wife was a thrice-divorced pill-popper and cocaine user who drugged Seth and killed him for his money; before the claims that Seth had led a secret life in which he drank too much, snorted a boatload of coke, and liked to pick up male hustlers and strippers, including one named Tiger; before Seth’s brothers filed suit in Palm Beach to block Phyllis from getting her hands on Seth’s estimated $25 million estate
Yikes. Talk about an interesting twist to a fascinating photograph.
I guess none of us should be surprised that she was crazy enough to shove a middle finger in Noah’s face.