‘A bleeping loss’: Michael Rapaport remembers adored Post photographer Anthony Causi

As told to The Post’s Ken Davidoff.

Thanks to Anthony Causi, I have photos of me at Madison Square Garden with my father. With my kids. Even with Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James when they were just starting in the NBA.

And with Rihanna.

How I wound up in a photo with Rihanna perfectly encapsulates who Anthony was. It was the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at the Garden, and Anthony, whom I’d gotten to know well from crossing paths with him at countless sporting events, said to me, “You want to get a picture with Rihanna?” When she walked past me, Anthony was ready with his camera. She and I were talking, and he shot that photo, which I put on my Twitter account and accurately described myself as “tongue-tied.” You can see that my tongue is literally tied.

I’m still devastated over the news that Anthony died from the coronavirus. It’s a bleeping loss. It’s a bleeping loss. It’s a sad, sad loss. And my heart is broken for Anthony’s family and his kids.

I met Anthony probably close to 20 years ago at the Garden. I used to come there with my little camera, my point-and-shoot. He saw me and introduced himself, and he would say to me, “Next time, bring your good camera!” One time, at a Knicks game, he let me in the section where the professional photographers shoot. I shot terrible photos, but it was so cool. I would ask him things about photography, which really did interest me, and he was so generous with his time.

A lot of times, paparazzi and photographers take the pictures for themselves. But Anthony would come up, take a picture of you and then send you the pictures. He was always so nice to me, always so sweet. He always had a smile on his face.

He was a great sports photographer, and he captured so many iconic moments in New York sports. Whenever I went to a game, he was there. It was like he could be in two places at once! I remember seeing him at the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight in Vegas in 2017. He was at a Bernard Hopkins fight in Atlantic City. He got this amazing shot at the U.S. Open of Serena Williams’ forearms. He would capture the humanity of the athletes he shot. That speaks to the spirit of who he was. He was a 9-to-5 guy who loved what he did and cared about what he did. He would never get in your way. He was never obnoxious.

Derek Jeter in 2008

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Megan Rapinoe holds the World Cup championship during the New York City parade in July.

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Spike Lee poses with Rami Malek for a photo courtside during a 2018 Knicks game.

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Mitchell Robinson dunks during a Knicks game in December.

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Conor McGregor poses for a photo on Jan. 16.

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Noah Syndergaard during spring training in February

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Yoenis Cespedes opens up his Vero Beach ranch for a visit in 2017.

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Eli Manning holds his three daughters after his final game as a Giant in December.

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Derek Jeter celebrates his last home game as a Yankee in 2014.

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Yoenis Cespedes leaving the spring training facility in 2014

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Eli Manning celebrates after winning Super Bowl XLVI.

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John Travolta along with his wife, Kelly Preston, visit Lenny’s Pizza (from the movie “Saturday Night Fever”) in 2018.

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Saquon Barkley carries the ball against the Packers in December.

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A Philadelphia Eagles fan reacts during a game against the Giants in December.

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Deontay Wilder knocks out Artur Szpilka in the 9th round and retains the WBC heavyweight championship in 2016.

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Derek Jeter welcomes Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

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Alex Rodriguez with his daughters Natasha and Ella in the rain before his final MLB game on Aug. 12, 2016.

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Alex Rodriguez hugs Mariano Rivera after the Yankees win the 2009 World Series.

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Brett Gardner walks off the field under a beautiful sunset at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2019.

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D’Angelo Russell posing in 2018.

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Derek Jeter on Sept. 27, 2014 in Boston, the day before his final game.

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Derek Jeter waves as he walks off the field in his final professional game.

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Eli Manning grabs the Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Jacob deGrom posing at spring training on Feb. 20, 2020.

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LeBron James does a powder toss at Barclays Center on Dec. 8, 2014.

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Jay-Z with LeBron James at Barclays Center on Dec. 8, 2014.

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LeBron James reacts against the Knicks at MSG on March 17, 2019.

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Kobe Bryant dunks against the Knicks at MSG on Feb. 2, 2009.

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Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony share a laugh on Nov. 6, 2016.

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Kyrie Irving poses on Sept. 27, 2019.

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Xavier plays DePaul in the Big East Tournament at MSG on March 11, 2020, one of the final events before coronavirus forced sports to shut down.

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Mariano Rivera tips his cap in his final game on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Mets players running at spring training on Feb. 18, 2019.

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Wives and girlfriends of Mets players play with their dogs at spring training on March 12, 2015.

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Michael Rapaport with Taylor Swift at the Knicks’ season opener on Oct. 29, 2014.

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Yankees OF Rondell White gets interfered with while trying to make a catch on July 20, 2002.

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Serena Williams walks onto Arthur Ashe Stadium the US Open on Aug. 29, 2018.

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Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier and the 1973 Knicks championship team honored on April 5, 2013.

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Mariano Rivera holds up the New York Post on Nov. 4, 2009 after the Yankees win their 27th World Series.

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The Yankees celebrate after winning the 2009 World Series.

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If you played at the Garden the last 20 years, Anthony shot you. If you played at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field or Giants or MetLife Stadium, he shot you. He shot everybody who came through New York.

I would always say to him, “You’ve got to do a show!” He’d say, “I’m working on it.” I don’t know if there’s a way to figure it out, but maybe when the dust settles, maybe someday, we can do something for him and his photos. I urge everybody to continue looking at his work. That’s a great way to honor him and remember him.

Editor’s note: A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Causi family in wake of Anthony’s passing. Please find it here