The NBA has had a chance to review the situation that occurred between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony during the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. According to ESPN on Wednesday, Jan. 9 Carmelo Anthony will be suspended without pay for one game.
Carmelo Anthony pursued Kevin Garnett at the close of the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks game to confront him about words that were passed on the court.
During the fourth quarter Kevin Garnett susposedly did some trash talking and continued to antagonize Carmelo Anthony. According to some reports Kevin Garnett even went so far as to tell Carmelo Anthony “his wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios." Both Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony were eventually charged with technical fouls.
Carmelo Anthony was beyond upset with whatever words that were exchanged on the court and pursued Kevin Garnett after the game. Going so far as to try and track him down outside the Celtics' team bus. Security, the New York Knicks coach and the New York City police were on the scene to diffuse the situation.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony will serve a one game suspension without pay on Thursday during the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers game. However, Carmelo felt confident that a suspension would not happen because he didn't brake any rules.
"If you just go off the actual facts of what happened, I don't think anything will happen," Anthony said.
Nevertheless, the NBA officials are suspending Carmelo Anthony because he sought out Kevin Garnett in the arena tunnel outside the players' locker rooms and then in the parking garage by the Celtics' team bus.
"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 in a statement. "Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension was warranted."
No one actually knows what words were really passed between the two men. However, whatever it was caused Carmelo Anthony to become mad enough to seek him out for a confrontation after the game.
"It's certain things that you just don't say to men, another man," Anthony said Tuesday. "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."
Hopefully, the situation is now under control and they can put this behind them in order to continue to play great basketball.
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