Anthony gets one-game ban for postgame action
THE National Basketball Association (NBA) handed a one-game suspension on Carmelo Anthony Wednesday for confronting Kevin Garnett after the New York Knicks’ recent loss to Boston.
Anthony went toward the Celtics’ locker room after the game and later waited for Garnett outside Boston’s team bus.
Anthony didn’t believe he would be suspended because he said he was just looking to talk to Garnett, not fight. But NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson ruled otherwise.
”There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” Jackson said in a statement. ”Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
Jackson said Anthony confronted Garnett ”in the arena tunnel, near the players’ locker rooms, and in the parking garage.” The incident, with New York police and Knicks coach Mike Woodson nearby, was captured on videotape.
Anthony will miss the Knicks’ nationally televised game at Indiana on Thursday and lose about $176,700 of his $19.4 million salary. Noli Cruz