Carmelo Anthony’s day just got worse. The NBA has suspended the Knicks forward for one game without pay for “confronting” Kevin Garnett in Madison Square Garden after Monday night’s (January 7) game against the Boston Celtics.
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” said Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, in a statement. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
The NBA contends that Melo attempted to confront KG in the tunnel, near the player’s locker room and in the parking lot. Yesterday, Anthony told reporters he didn’t do anything that warranted a suspension.
However, this morning, footage of Anthony and Garnett arguing loudly near the Celtics’ team bus was revealed (see below). Clearly the two players would have been doing more than just talking if their entourages and security had not been on hand.
The media has been having a field day, mostly at Carmelo and his wife’s expense, since the incident. The rumor is that KG telling Melo that his spouse, La La Anthony, smelled like Honey Nut Cheerios is what made the All-Star forward lose his composure. It is now being reported that the Anthony’s are having marital problems and are separated.
Anthony will serve his suspension by missing tomorrow night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.