NEW YORK – New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended one game by the NBA following a confrontation with Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett on Monday night, according to the Associated Press.
Anthony and Garnett were involved in multiple arguments and physical play near the conclusion of a game that night and both received technical fouls. Anthony was less than enthused with Garnett’s choice of words following one exchange.
Garnett reportedly said that Anthony’s wife, La La Vazquez, “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios” and Anthony lost his cool, according to Black Sports Online.
According to the New York Daily News, its sources say the remark was seen as especially offensive, given that Anthony and Vazquez are reportedly going through marital problems.
Following the game Anthony allegedly stood outside of the Celtics’ locker room yelling at Garnett, then attempted to confront Garnett on their team bus.
Security and New York City police separated the two men.
Anthony did not believe he would be suspended because he said he only wanted to talk to Garnett, not get into a fight.
NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson said Wednesday there were “no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game.”
The suspension will cost Anthony $176,700 of his $19.4 million salary.
Meanwhile, Anthony and Vasquez are rumored to have been separated for two months.
Anthony says that what Garnett said to him “crossed the line” even though he would not confirm exactly what Garnett said.
“It’s something you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said following practice at the Knicks’ training facility in Greenburgh on Tuesday. “My mindset and motive of going back there to see him at the locker room and seeing him at the bus, I wanted to have a one-on-one conversation with him and talk about it like two grown men.”
League officials are investigating the incident and why the NYPD got involved.
“Nothing happened for me to be suspended,” Anthony said. “I wanted to talk to K.G. and I think it was something we both needed to get off our chests and see what really was the problem. There were no altercations. It was just words and a conversation we just needed to have.”
Garnett, 36, blames the heat of the game for the altercation.
“Yeah, it got intense in the end,” Garnett said after Monday’s game.
This was the first game Vazquez attended in a noticeable period of time and when asked about the situation after the game on Twitter tweeted, “Living life. Counting blessings, not burdens.”
Living life..counting blessings, not burdens http://t.co/Ns3GXGmK
— LA LA (@lala) January 8, 2013
This is not the first time Garnett has been accused of stooping low to antagonize an opposing player.
Garnett also once said Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueava, who suffers from alopecia, looks like a “cancer patient.”
On Mother’s Day 1999, San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan was upset after Garnett allegedly said, “Happy Mother’s Day, motherf**ker!” as Duncan, whose mother died of cancer when he was 14, prepared to shoot free throws.
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