New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended for one game by the NBA for a confrontation that took place following New York’s 102-96 home loss to the Boston Celtics. Anthony spent part of the game bickering back and forth with Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. After the game Anthony reportedly tried to get into the visitors locker room to confront the Big Ticket and later waited at the Celtics bus for Garnett.
The two men exchanged words and had to be separated by Madison Square Garden staff. The incident was captured via smartphone and sold to TMZ.
Anthony was reportedly set off by Garnett telling him that his wife LaLa “tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios,” during Monday’s contest.
"It's certain things that you just don't say to men, another man," Anthony said. "I felt that he crossed the line. Like I said, we're both at an understanding right now; we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation is handled."
This is another example of when keeping it real goes wrong. Garnett is the biggest trash talker in the NBA. His main goal is to get his opponent to lose their cool and Anthony fell right into his trap. Now he’s going to miss a pivotal game against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night, a team just 2.5 games behind the Knicks in the standings in addition to losing a games worth of pay.
"There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game," NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said. "Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension was warranted."