Even though the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (pictured left) and the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (pictured right) have come to an alleged truce, after their heated post-game beef in New York City on Monday night, the player’s organization still has to make an example of someone: The hatchet came down on Anthony for continuing to stir the pot outside the locker room and on the Celtics’ team bus, so he was handed down a one-day suspension sans pay for not keeping his temper in check, according to the New York Daily News.
The ballers’ teams played against each other at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and all throughout the game, both men reportedly trash talked. During the fourth quarter, it was apparent that Anthony and Garnett had reached a breaking point in their on-court exchange, because they engaged in a very heated war-of-words that almost became physical.
According to Anthony, the 36-year-old, married Garnett crossed the line when he mentioned Anthony’s wife, LaLa Anthony. Garnett reportedly told Anthony, who has allegedly been living apart from his wife for two months, that she tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.
The insult cut Anthony, 28, so deep that he actually waited for Garnett outside the Celtics locker room immediately after the game to settle the score. Despite his efforts to get at Garnett, Anthony was surrounded by droves of Garden security, New York City police, and the Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson, who was reportedly there to try to defuse the situation. Anthony then tried to confront Garnett as the Celtics were boarding their team bus but again his efforts were thwarted.
While Anthony has refused to confirm what Garnett said to him, he did tell the Daily News that the player had “crossed the line”:
“It’s something you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said following practice at the Knicks’ training facility in Greenburgh. “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,” Anthony said.
Garnett, who has a rep for riling up opponents, has allegedly discussed the matter with Anthony via phone. As far as Anthony is concerned, he just wants to put the brouhaha behind him and move on. “Whatever happened between me and Kevin, that’s done. That’s settled, it’s done and over with. No disrespect, but I don’t wanna keep talking about the same thing and beating a dead horse,” he told the Daily News.
Unfortunately for Anthony, there is still the matter of suspension, which will cost him a reported $176,171 of his $19.4 million salary. Meanwhile, Garnett comes out of this confrontation unscathed.
Back in 2006, as a Denver Nugget, Anthony was suspended for 15 games when he socked Knicks player Mardy Collins during a melee at the Garden.
Anthony’s current suspension will keep him from playing in the Knicks’ Thursday game against the Indiana Pacers. The league’s second-leading scorer has already missed six games this season due to injuries to his left middle finger, ankle, and knee.