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We tried to give Carmelo Anthony the benefit of the doubt, but it’s not looking too good for the NBA baller.

We previously told you that the 35-year-old has spent the last few days in France, including on wife La La’s birthday, which was Tuesday. A photo came out on Wednesday, from the day before, of Carmelo on a boat with a woman who definitely wasn’t La La (he left her in New York to celebrate her 36th birthday with friends). It looked pretty harmless at first. The woman was lying out in the sun in a swimsuit while he was standing behind her, topless in trunks, spraying his face with some type of mist. But as the day went on, more photos came out, including one of Carmelo and this unidentified woman lying next to each other, but a lot closer than they should be. You can see the new paparazzi photo HERE.

Carmelo has maintained that the woman is the wife of a friend who was on the boat at the same time these different photos were taken. However, no one else is spotted in any of the shots.

La La hasn’t spoken out about any of this, but TheYBF did retrieve a photo she posted in her InstaStories on Thursday morning of a heart with a knife in the middle of it, which the Power actress quickly deleted. However, once you put it out there, it’s out there:

Again, Carmelo, for the first time, spoke out against rumors that began to swirl about him having an improper relationship with the young woman he was photographed with on Wednesday. He said that he was traveling with her and her husband and family for a business retreat and that was it.

“I’m going to address this one time and one time only, and I’m really only addressing it for my family,” he said. “Keep my family out this, man. I’m over here trying to do my business retreat, I’m over here trying to have a good time, I’m on a boat with some friends. Them people are married man, they don’t got anything to do with anything. Y’all exposing somebody’s wife, y’all exposing somebody’s kids, all of that. Come on. Leave that alone, man, that ain’t cool! Now I got to deal with that. I got to deal with that with my son, I got to deal with that with my wife. That ain’t cool, man. That’s not cool at all. Let them people live. All them bloggers that’s trying to put that out there, that sh-t is not cool at all. It’s not cool at all. Let that family be they family. They married, let them people be them people. Them people some real discreet people. Y’all put them people out there like that, they don’t be in the world like that, they do their own thing. Y’all doing too much, man, and the only reason I’m addressing this is because this is affecting my family now, and y’all got me out here looking crazy. Usually I won’t address this but I had to address this. Can’t let this one slide because this sh-t ain’t cool no more. Peace.”

Whether the woman was his friend or his lover on the side, at this point, it doesn’t matter to people. La La just took him back, and his mere presence with this unknown woman, on his wife’s birthday at that, is all the evidence people seem to need to conclude that Carmelo has erred greatly.

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