Melo let the very obvious cat out of the bag, saying the apology was James Dolan’s idea. But Melo added he agreed it was a good idea to send out the apology.
Melo, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday:
“I don’t really think I said anything wrong,” he said. “The guy said he wasn’t coming to any more games. I said, ‘Why are you talking to me about it, the owner’s right there. You should discuss that with him. Don’t yell my name out and talk to me about that. Talk to the owner about that.’
“It wasn’t no hostility. He said what he had to say. I said what I had to say. That was that. I didn’t say anything else. Wasn’t no curse words.”
Melo thought the apology was a good idea because it’d appease his boss, and sometimes appeasing your boss is a good idea. This wasn’t about actual contrition (which was completely unnecessary).
Say whatever else about Melo, but when he comes to speaking publicly, he is one of the most honest and forthright players in the NBA.