Carmelo Anthony believes that he and Kevn Garnett’s altercation during (and after) the Knicks’ 102-96 loss to the Boston Celtics on January 7th at Madison Square Garden.
Garnett and Carmelo exchanged heated words involving Melo’s estranged wife, Alani “LaLa” Vasquez, and the popular cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios. The on-court altercation spilled over into the parking garage after the game, where Anthony appeared to be waiting for Garnett outside of the Celtics’ bus.
Carmelo received a one-game ban for his actions in the garage after the game and is now appealing the wages he lost due to the suspension. Carmelo and the players union’s lead attorney, Ron Klempner, have reviewed the situation and claim that since there was no physical altercation, the suspension seemed excessive.
“In light of the circumstances, in light of the circumstances that it was not a physical confrontation, the suspension seemed excessive,’’ Said Klemptner.
NBA disciplinarian Stu Jackson fired back at the claim.
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” Jackson said. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
It sounds as if this mess will be sorted out in time. Carmelo needs to just focus on winning games, and starting Thursday night in Boston is just the place to begin. The Knicks need to get back on path to being contenders int he eastern conference, and their success starts with Anthony.
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