After some deliberating, the NBA announced Wednesday to suspend Carmelo Anthony one game for confronting Kevin Garnett following the Boston Celtics’ 102-96 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Anthony will serve his suspension without pay on Thursday when the Knicks play the Pacers.
When a possible suspension was still up in the air following the incident Anthony argued that he shouldn’t be punished because no physical altercation took place. However, the league felt Anthony’s actions–waiting outside the Celtics’ locker room and team bus to have what he called a “one-on-one conversation” with Garnett after a verbal exchange on the court–deserved a disciplinary measure.
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” NBA executive vice president basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement via ESPN.com. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
Neither Anthony or Garnett would reveal what exactly was said during the on-court incident that resulted in both players receiving technical fouls, but Anthony said Tuesday that the situation was handled after he finally engaged in a phone conversation with the Celtics’ star.
“It’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said Tuesday. “I felt that he crossed the line. Like I said, we’re both at an understanding right now; we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation is handled.”
Anthony will be back in uniform for the Knicks for Friday’s home game versus the Chicago Bulls.