The NBA has suspended Carmelo Anthony 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.