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Meet the Heat fan who gave a bird to a Bull

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 8:04 p.m. CST

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(MCT) MIAMI — It is the middle finger seen 'round the World Wide Web.

Filomena Tobias, a Porsche-loving Palm Beach, Fla.,  socialite once accused of drowning her wealthy husband, is the rabid bird-flipping Miami Heat fan.

Known as Phyllis to her friends, Tobias apparently got so hot under the halter top at Wednesday night's Heat game that she jabbed her middle finger in the face of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who had just been ejected from Game 2 of the Miami Heat's playoff series vs. the Chicago Bulls.

Like everything else these days, the less-than-demure move was caught on camera _ by photographer Steve Mitchell _ and the 47-year-old blonde's finger-flip exploded like a viral bombshell.

The Sun-Sentinel asked its readers if they knew the fan, and it didn't take long for people to out her _ including her daughter, who was slightly embarrassed by the episode.

By noon Thursday, a cutout of the former Catholic schoolgirl's photograph was being photo-shopped all over the web, showing her giving her famous salute to everyone from President Barack Obama to Bambi's dead mother.

"We're humiliated," Tobias' daughter, Victoria Racanati, told Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, whose column appears in The Miami Herald. Racanati spoke to Lambiet from the family's $4.4 million-home at The Bears Club in Jupiter.

The daughter told The Sun-Sentinel her mother was far from apologetic. "People need to get a life,'' she reportedly said. Her companion in the photo is Doug Caporrino, her longtime personal trainer, according to The New York Daily News. Caporrino's other clients have included Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy.

Tobias lives in a swanky neighborhood in Jupiter, just down the street from basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Her back-story reads like a Jackie Collins novel: Jersey-born secretary, married money, divorced three times, accused by a gay stripper named "Tiger" of kidnapping. She later hired a 300-pound psychic who would claim Tobias had confessed to drugging and drowning her fourth husband, CNBC commentator Seth Tobias.

Tobias, a Wall Street hedge fund manager, was found floating in the pool at the couple's mansion on Sept. 4, 2007. The story of their party-hard life was documented in a 2008 New York Magazine opus titled "Dead Man's Float.''

The Palm Beach County state attorney's office declined to bring criminal charges in the case. She received an undisclosed settlement from her husband's estate.

The target of her wrath is a former Florida Gator who helped lead the team to back-to-back national championships. He was not made available for comment Thursday after the Bulls' practice.

Heat players Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh called the incident unfortunate.

"We don't applaud it in a sense. Every team loves their fans to get involved. [But] when it gets to that point, it's not what we like to deal with....We ask our fans just to cheer for us, to boo them when they come here, but let's stay first-class around here in Miami."

Bosh, however, was forgiving when asked if her pricey courtside season tickets should be revoked.

"No," Bosh said. "Everybody deserves a second chance."

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