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Last night, Kevin Garnett won. Thanks to some surely vile trash talk, he helped Carmelo Anthony go  6-26 from the field. Sure the Celtics beat the Knicks 102-96, but the bigger story of the night, and today, has been the alleged cereal slander he sent Melo’s way.

The word about Twitter is that KG told Melo that his wife, LaLa, tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios, which in turn caused the New York Knicks forward to react. Anthony wanted to meet Garnett after the game, literally. Last night, the NBA MVP candidate was waiting by the Celtics tour bus, but today during practice told reporters that he and the Celtics forward squashed any issues they had. “There’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony told reporters. “I felt like he crossed a line, but like I said, we both had 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 was handled.”

Considering KG’s sh-t talking resume (peep seven of his most disrespectful moments here), Anthony wasn’t making that part of the story up but he never reveals what Garnett specifically said to get him so worked up.

However, what’s snowballed into something greater than KG and Melo’s non-fight is the Honey Nut Cheerios debacle  (it’s currently trending on Twitter, and not because the cereal is delicious). There is literally no legitimate source for this imaginary Garnett quote. If you perform a search on Twitter for “Kevin Garnett” and “Honey Nut Cheerios,” the first entry is credited to a @trapgawd, who wrote at 2:10am EST (we think), “LMFAOOOOOOOO Kevin Garnett told Melo Lala taste like Honey Nut Cheerios??”

As far we can tell, @trapgawd was not at last night’s game. Black Sports Online reported on the rumor, but there is no source credited in their story.

Ultimately, we have two Black men that are both role models who could have potentially come to blows over a game. Garnett was wrong. And even Melo was wrong (would he have really “just talked” if Garnett stepped into the tunnel at MSG?).

Adding fuel to an unnecessary fire that is based off a stray tweet is irresponsible. Don’t fall for the hype and do better.

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