Carmelo Anthony received a one-game suspension from the NBA for his off-the-court confrontation with Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Anthony will sit out tomorrow night’s away game against the Indiana Pacers.
Things got heated between the two stars while the game was underway, and Melo wanted to continue the meet-and-greet off the court next to the Celtics team bus which was captured on video. Madison Square Garden security and NYPD officers kept things from getting out of hand, however.
During the game, Garnett allegedly made a disrespectful comment about Anthony’s wife La La Vazquez.
Refs assessed both players with technical fouls in the fourth quarter for getting in each other’s faces.
In announcing the suspension of Carmelo Anthony, NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson released the following statement according to ESPN:
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game. Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
This afternoon before Anthony heard from the league offices about any disciplinary action arising from the incident with Kevin Garnett, he had this to say:
“That’s over with, don’t even want to go back to that. Whatever happened between me and Kevin, that’s done. That’s settled. It’s done and over with. We move on, got Indiana (on Thursday). No disrespect, but I don’t wanna keep talking about the same thing and beating a dead horse.”
Do you think Carmelo Anthony’s conduct Monday night after the game justified a one-game suspension?