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Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm
Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stands up for forward Kevin Garnett, who had been the subject of criticism after Detroit Pistons forward Charliedanny-ainge Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver Just when you were starting to get completely sick of the feud between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, prompted by some Villanueva tweets that accused KG of calling him a "cancer patient," Celtics president Danny Ainge steps boldly into the fray to defend Garnett's honor.  In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI, Ainge reportedly called Villanueva's claims "ludicrous" and accused him of using Twitter to promote himself rather than spread an awareness message. ESPN Boston has a partial transcript of the interview.  
"There's one thing that I know for sure, and it's that KG would not offend cancer patients," Ainge said. "That makes no sense. It makes no sense on a lot of fronts. Not only is he experiencing it in his own family, but that's just not something I've ever heard -- in 30 years -- ever say, in trash talking. What is logical in a trash talking situation for a player to say to another player, 'You have cancer' or 'You are cancer'?"
"...Tweeting is about self-promotion in most cases," he said. "He's [Villanueva] not trying to be a public servant by telling everybody. As a matter of fact he's the one who brings light to this attention ... There's self-promotion in tweeting -- all the time. You are talking about a guy who tweets in the middle of a game. Talk about self-promotion.
The sentiment expressed in Villanueva's tweets immediately drew criticism from cancer surviving coach of the Denver Nuggets George Karl. In an official statement Wednesday, Garnett denied calling Villanueva a "cancer patient," stating that he instead said Villanueva was "cancerous to your team and our league," and he did not apologize for his actions. While Ainge's message might not have been necessary given that the public was just about getting ready to move on from the situation, it exemplifies effective management in a business that's subject to public scrutiny. Although he goes too far when he blames Villanueva, who is the victim here, Ainge's job, first and foremost, is to defend the reputation of his players and his organization. He succeeded at that task, without question. By standing up so forcefully for Garnett, Ainge sends a clear message to the entire organization and its fan base that he will defend his players, especially if they feel they have been wronged or if they are suffering intense criticism. By speaking so frankly, Ainge also invites criticism of himself, which neatly takes some Heat off of Garnett. It's a win-win. Now that we've heard from all of the involved parties, and all of their supporters and sympathizers, hopefully that is the last of it.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:13 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Trash talking is part of the game. It's in pretty much every pro sport and some players do it more than others, although some never do.

That said, yes, KG is a trash talker, but atleast he doesn't tweet about it. Personally I believe KG's side of the story, but even if Villanuenva is telling the truth I could really care less. If you have to cry on a tweet everytime someone trash talks you maybe you shouldn't be a pro athlete.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:37 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Really NP?  (I hate this word but gotta say it).  This just opens the door for anyone to make any statement (right or wrong).  Ainge is right.  Tweeter = Self Promotion.  This is "He said / she said" situation.  Maybe he did, maybe he didn't.  How the hell do you know what was said? Were you there or are you a mind reader (REALLY-Joke of a phrase directed at you NP)?  If KG did, he should apologize, but the way CV communicated this is wrong.  Nothing more than a rat who couldn't take the heat.  Ever heard of confronting the person?  Also, now you are speaking for all NBA watchers?  REALLY?  REALLY?

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:32 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Danny what has CV done to be a cancer to the league?

Now does he look like a cancer patient with the hairless disease? in 30 years have you played against someone with that disease and had KG on the court during that time?

Check below on what you believe:

1. Um Mr. Villaneuva you are what I would call a cancer to your team and league, for what reasons I dont know but this is what I am telling people I said.


2. You look like a cancer patient.....ding ding ding ding

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:28 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

This really shouldn't be a story. The playground talk should stay on the playground and keep off the twitter. KG likes to run his mouth and Villanueva likes to play a kid with hurt feelings. Case closed.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:27 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

This story is what, 2 days old now. Why are you talking already like this story is old and needs to go away???
Jesus...has the blogoshere changed everything so much that a story is over before most people have @$@$ heard about it.


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:13 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

the angle on this story I haven't heard much about is from other players, in all pro sports, is whether V-Nueva crossed a line by publicly saying what trash talk he was subjected to? NBA/NHL/MLB/NFL - how many tens if not hundreds thousands of games have been played in the last 30 years? I'm sure some very awful things have been said - but I don't recall "that guy said this to me" being news very much - it would be hard to get an honest answer I'm sure from a lot of pro players but I think a large majority of them would be "leave that on the field" -- no matter how bad it is. Not saying that's right or wrong - I just think it's accepted as part of the game bad things are said, very bad things. it's just part of pro sports.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:54 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Really Ainge?  Bad play.  Nobody thinks you are right because KG loves to flap his gums and likely said something as insensitive as that to a guy with a MEDICAL CONDITION that prevents hair growth.  Nobody who watched the NBA thinks CV is lying and that KG and Ainge are telling the truth.  Why Danny said anything other than, "those guys have handled it and its over" is beyond me.  KG should just make a fat doantion to cancer research and this will go away quickly.

Since: Oct 2, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:05 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

nd girls.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:01 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Danny Ainge just shut your mouth.  You get older looking and fatter every single day puddy face.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:55 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Ainge is a bigger idiot than I thought.  KG's story is that he called Villanueva cancerous to his team and the league, as opposed to the alleged cancer patient remark Villanueva claims he heard.  Ainge is apparently saying that KG is a liar?  He is syaing that it is not logical to tell someone you are cancer.  So KG's story doesn't make sense to him?  I realize that he was actually trying to support KG, but he is so stupid that he inadvertently argued against him.

Bottom line, KG should own up to his words, even if CV should not have tweeted about it in the first place.

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