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Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:25 pm
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett gives his side of the cancer trash-talk controversy with Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva in a team-kevin-garnettissued statement. Posted by Ben Golliver Another hour, another wrinkle to the ongoing cancer trash talk war of words between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva vs. Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Late last night, Villanueva took to Twitter to tell the world that Garnett had called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday's game between the Pistons and Celtics. Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, a skin disease that leaves the body hairless.  This morning, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, himself a recent cancer patient, weighed in, saying that Garnett's statement crossed the line, even in the heated world of the competitive NBA. This afternoon, we have word from Ken Berger of that Garnett is denying calling Villanueva a "cancer patient" in a statement released by the Celtics. The statement reads in part...
“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night," Garnett said in a statement from his representatives released by the Celtics. "My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact, ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”
So Garnett wants the world to understand that he insulted Villanueva not by calling him a victim of cancer, but by calling him cancer itself. "You're not stricken by a deadly disease, my enemy. You are the deadly disease!" If that's not trying to parse oneself out of a politically incorrect statement after the fact, I don't know what is.  Kudos where they are due for Garnett extending an olive branch to those struggling with cancer. Obviously missing from the statement, though, is any kind of an apology, either a direct one to Villanueva for his statements or an indirect one that acknowledges responsibility for what he admits was a "major miscommunication." If we read between the lines, Garnett is therefore letting us know that he feels he has nothing to be sorry about, and that feels like a conscious decision to undercut the merit of Villanueva's accusations and turn this into a "believe who you want, he said/he said" situation. We're now left with two versions of events: Villanueva's or Garnett's. Garnett either called Villanueva a "cancer patient" or he said "you are cancerous to your team and our league." Unfortunately for Garnett, his track record works against him here. We're supposed to believe a guy that made his teammate cry on the bench during a game sounds like a bigger dork than Evan Turner when engaged in double-technical trash talk? Hardly.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:48 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

The problem is that unless one of them fesses up, no one will ever know the truth.  People should not judge.  CV still looks like a little wuss for outing KG on twitter.  Even if KG did say it that should have stayed between them and not cried about on twitter.  After all that KG has been through family wise I am pretty sure that he has nothing but respect for cancer patients.

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:32 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

Charlie V. is an inflamatory wuss.  He lost and got schooled in the game so he is mis representing KG's smack talk to make him look bad.  You can read on ESPN what KG REALLY said and what Charlie twisted it to before lying to the media.  How pathetic that he has to lie and cry about trash talk in the NBA of all places, to get sympathy...wimp.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:28 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

ThereisNoNextMJ.  That is funny sheeeet.  Thanks for giving me a good laugh. 

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:21 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

it was the heat of the moment...just like in football when someone gets flagged for a personal foul after the play is dead.  Is he sorry, YES!  Will he do it again?  Probably not..but who knows with his education background.  All I know is that those statements on SportsCenter this morning were not his.  He said he was sorry, end of story.  Sports and drama are such a dynamic duo

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:48 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

Wow talk about OVER SENSITIVE libs. Good grief now just because someone said something on the court it makes him a non-caring bad guy?

I bet KG did tell Charlie he looked like a cancer patient. Guess what, he does. Does that mean KG doesn't care about people who have cancer or the disease that Charlie has? No.
Does that mean I don't care about people with cancer? No, and guess what, I've had it.
Sticks N stones, people, sticks n stones.

Problem these days is there's too many over-sensitive, whiney, crying, pouting babies who I'd guess were somehow raised by somebody that never told them life wasn't fair and there's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Also who cares if KG didn't go to college and Charlie did, doesn't mean Charlie knows anything more than KG. Hell I have friends who didn't go to college and they're making more money than friends I have who did and when I sit at a table and converse with them you sure can't tell who went to college and who didn't. They're called books, and anyone can read them without paying to do so if they get a library card.

Everyone and I mean everyone has said something in life either out of anger or maybe trying to be funny or just talkin' smack, that they wanted to take back, but that doesn't mean they actually think a certain way or feel a certain way.
I wasn't there to hear it and it amounts to a he said, she said child fight, that Charlie just had to twitter. Sorry but anyone who has to twitter has a problem to begin with if you ask me.

Also I said libs above....I am a person with both liberal and conservative views and favor neither party or individuals who feel their party is the only one that matters. But when it comes to this story, it's definately the extreme left wing over sensitive nut jobs who take something this petty so seriously that they judge KG as an enemy to cancer patients worldwide.....or judge myself as the same because I don't have an issue with it. It may be in bad taste in some eyes, but if we're gonna judge all people solely on what comes out of their mouth, than we're all lost. Youtube, twitter, & facebook are all full of things people wish they could take back.
Actions not words.

btw: I didn't know CV had any disease and I'm a Pistons fan. Who would know? All the dudes shaving their legs like girls & almost all the brothers shaving their heads these days. I thought maybe he did his eyebrows too.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:46 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

KG said it, and who really cares.  The guy kind of looks like a cancer patient at the end of the day, and most things are on the table in the world of trash talking in sports.  I could care less, and truly dont understand why this doesnt get a smirk and then people just move forward.

Cancer is not a funny disease, but going below the belt slightly is not that big of a deal.  Get over it media and fans.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:31 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

I'm going to be honest here,  everyone making a big deal out of this is doing Charlie V. a favor.  Everyone trash talks and none of it is meant for public consumption.  We all have said things that have been insensitive to others are one particular time or not.  It is none of our business what KG says to opponents on the court.  We are not entitled to know everything about these athletes.  I understand that this sort of comment would offend some people but they weren't intended for you.  

For people to sit here and say well he shouldn't have said that are being so hypocritical its laughable.  It wasn't like he was doing an interview, he wasn't making a public statement.  But because Villanueva got mad cause KG owned him that night, he decided to try to get back at KG.  Whether or not KG said he look like a cancer patient is true or not, what we are missing here is why in the world would Villanueva feel the urge to let the whole world know. 

 I have no problem with it, its trash talking.  Its suppose to hurt, its suppose to get in your mind and throw you off your game.  Its personal, its not like he was in a press conference.  Am I suppose to look at KG differently because of this?  We already know about KG's mouth during the game, no one makes a big deal about him using the F word as a noun, adjective, and adverb but we want to make a big deal out of this?  Please, if you people are so upset about this then you don't have a lot going on in your life.  There are bigger things to be worried about than what KG said to CV on a basketball court.  And don't try to compare this to your work place because it isn't the same.  
CV got what he wanted, he did some damage to KG when he couldn't do any on the court.  Its getting out of hand, next thing you know they are going to be reporting when athletes don't leave the toilet seat down for their wives after using the bathroom and we'll all gasp and say, 'How could he be so thoughtless?'  Give me a break people.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:28 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

KG is a piece of classless garbage.  No doubt he said it and isn't man enough to back it up cuz Charklie would hand him his azz.  Not to mention KG wouldn't even be able to pronounce or think of "He is cancerous to the team and the league."  If it doesn't have a "MF'er" and a "sheeeet" or a "you know what I'm sayin' "in it, he didn't say it.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:03 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

I still think trash talking has gotten out of hand. Not that it will ever stop, but I still long for the day they just shut up and played. I'm old enough to remember occasional gentlemanly behavior on the court. I vaguely remember having respect for the opponent. I have scant memories of playing for the joy of playing. Now, big-time sports have become a %^$#-wagging contest. I don't know its origins (did Ali start this?), but the constant verbal obscenity marathons during competition is one of my least favorite aspects of high-level sport.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:01 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk many ignorant people. The comments about him looking that way and laughing, it epitomizes whats wrong with this country. And to Linus, you're talking about education between them, garnett went exactly where to school? oh yeah high school impressive, at least charlie went to uconn. I'd never wish anything bad on anyone, but garnett is no saint, and if you are one of the few on this board laughing at this, i really hope something bad cancer-wise strikes you or your family, then maybe it will put some perspective on it, classless idiots.

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