Miami Heat’s ‘middle finger lady’ apologizes to fans

05/15/2013 12:00 AM

05/15/2013 7:38 PM

Socialite Filomena Tobias — the Miami Heat’s middle finger lady — came out of her self-imposed silence before Wednesday night’s Heat-Bulls game and apologized for her behavior during the series’ Game 2.

Through Anthony Barbuto, her attorney, Tobias acknowledged that her flipping the bird at former University of Florida star Joakim Noah was indeed ill-mannered — but she maintains she didn’t deserve the media dredging up her past, especially her third husband’s mysterious death.

“Ms. Tobias has been a devoted Miami Heat fan for as long as she can remember, and like many other devoted fans, she unfortunately allowed her passion for the team to disregard proper fan etiquette,” Barbuto wrote after consulting with Tobias. “She is only human.

“She offers her genuine apologies to anyone she offended, and she requests that her privacy ... be respected.

“Ms. Tobias is distressed at the needless national attention this incident has garnered and the unwarranted invasion of privacy by the press into her personal life, including the malicious and untrue reporting about her husband’s tragic passing.”

The photo of Tobias getting into Bulls center Noah’s face went viral in hours, and so did the fact that police investigated whether she had a hand in the 2007 drowning of then-CNBC personality Seth Tobias.

Tobias, who wasn’t charged in the death, was scheduled to be in her seat for Game 5.

Mother’s day fun

The woman who Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade's publicity machine called “crazy,” and was arrested on a charge of kidnapping their two children last year, seemed to enjoy the boys on Mother's Day in Miami Beach.

With Wade then in Chicago for the NBA playoff series against the Bulls, ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches spent the day with sons Zaire and Zion as the couple’s post-divorce proceedings heat up.

Wade, who’s hot and heavy with actress Gabrielle Union, and Funches have a date in a Chicago courtroom in late June to determine the division of their marital assets.

On Sunday, Funches and the boys were spotted frolicking on South Beach.

They went for a swim and collected shells, and later had dinner at TGI Friday’s before catching a showing of Iron Man 3.

Authorities in Chicago, by the way, dropped charges against Funches.

Courtroom report

A successful Fort Lauderdale dermatologist whose job it is to keep the Las Olas types looking young is suing ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Foley for fraud.

Shino Bay Aguilera, who parlayed his model looks into the fashionable Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology Plastic Surgery and Laser Institute, says Foley misrepresented facts and figures at the sale of deceased Palm Beach skin rejuvenation king Layne Nisenbaum's high-society practice.

Nisenbaum, Foley's longtime lover, died of liver failure last year. And as personal representative of Nisenbaum's estate, Foley sold the practice to Shino Bay a year ago for $850,000, according to court papers.

Now, Aguilera’s Palm Beach business isn’t as high as Nisenbaum’s reported $1.6 million-a-year volume — and he wants a judge to declare the sale void and force Foley reimburse his $200,000 deposit.

That’s unlikely to happen, says Foley.

“The bottom line is that they handled Layne’s practice poorly,” Foley said. “You don't do business in Palm Beach the way you do business on Las Olas. In Palm Beach, clients need to be cared for and cared about. I offered to help Shino and take him to society galas to introduce him to Layne’s old clients. He's a good looking guy, he could have done great here. He didn’t show up in Palm Beach for the first five months.”

After six terms in office in 2006, Foley resigned from Congress after being accused of sending sexually explicit emails to young male congressional pages.

About Madeleine Marr

Madeleine Marr

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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