After on-court jostling turned into something more personal for Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony, the league has decided to suspend the New York Knicks' forward for his antics following his team's loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
The two had to be separated on several occasions on Monday night, and nearly came to blows early in the fourth quarter. Anthony then decided to take his problems outside, which is why the suspension was handed down.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski had the report on Twitter:
The NBA has suspended New York's Carmelo Anthony one game for confrontation with Kevin Garnett.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 9, 2013
New York Post reporter Marc Berman confirmed the initial report, citing that Melo confronted Garnett twice in a manner not acceptable with league policy:
Stu Jackson suspending Melo for the two confrontations in tunnel and in parking garag by bus.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) January 9, 2013
Anthony waited by the Celtics team bus for Garnett at the conclusion of the game, and it was reported that he also waited by the team's locker room. He apparently didn't like some of the trash talk that Garnett is well-known for, and made it known that "I'll see you after the game" wasn't just a cliche in this case.
Garnett apparently made an over-the-line comment about Carmelo's wife, and Anthony wasn't keen on letting any man disrespect his wife like that—much less someone from a rival team.
If you haven't seen the footage of Melo literally waiting by the team bus for Garnett to get on, check out this action below:
Wojnarowski later reported the official statement from Stu Jackson concerning the matter, and why Anthony was suspended:
"There are no circumstance in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game," NBA's Stu Jackson said in statement— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 9, 2013
You can bet the Knicks will have issue with the initial instigator, Garnett, but Jackson's statement confirms that the league is suspending Anthony for his actions after the game—not the on-the-court confrontations between the two.
There is no news yet on whether Anthony or the Knicks will pursue the appeal process. New York travels to Indiana to face the Pacers on Thursday night, then travels back to Madison Square Garden for a matchup with the red-hot Chicago Bulls Friday.
If the Knicks do decide to appeal, they could lose Anthony not only for tomorrow's matchup against the Pacers, but also for the Bulls game. Don't be surprised if the Knicks decide to bite the bullet on this one and sweep this entire incident under the rug.
At least until the Celtics are in town again.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.