Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva did not take Kevin Garnett's trash talking as a joke. The two of them were exchanging insults on the court Tuesday night.
After the game Villanueva said via Twitter that Garnett had called him "a cancer patient." Villanueva immediately made his feelings clear about what he thought of the situation.
"KG called me a cancer patient. I'm pissed because you know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke." Villanueva tweeted.
He would then post another tweet saying, "I wouldn't even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those."
One of the bases for the comment is that Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, an auto immune skin disease that causes hair loss.
Villanueva is not being quick to forgive Garnett either, as he spoke about how the Celtic talks a lot of trash, but he doesn't think he has ever been in a fight. Villanueva then said that he would love to get into a ring with Garnett.
Though it is still unclear when the insult was made, Villanueva had been fouled by Garnett with 2:39 to play in the fourth quarter. After the foul, the two of them got into it, exchanging words, which is likely when the insult would have been said. Celtics coach Doc Rivers immediately subbed Garnett out of the game.
The comment was likely made about Villanueva's skin disease, and the comment hit Villanueva hard, as he said he has seen too many people die of cancer.
Villanueva has been a very active spokesman for people with alopecia universalis and he frequently makes appearances to support them and raise awareness of the disease.
Villanueva will look to put this behind him and go back to concentrating on basketball Wednesday night when the Pistons travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks.