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Kevin Garnett clarifies cancer comment to Karl

Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:45 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:24 pm
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett tried to make things right with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, after a controversy regarding a comment hekevin-garnett made earlier this season calling Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver.

Back in early November, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett found himself in hot water after Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient."   Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, a cancer survivor, took issue with the comment, and while Garnett refused to apologize at the time, denying he called Villanueva a "cancer patient," he did try to make things right with Karl on Wednesday, when the Celtics hosted the Nuggets in Boston. reports that Garnett sought out Karl after the game to clarify the situation.
"I went up to him as a man and what I said is that I had nothing personal toward him nor any other cancer patient that is out there struggling and dealing with life situations. I wanted to say that to him, man to man."
Karl called it a "classy gesture" on Garnett's behalf, and it's safe to say that this episode is now officially closed. I'm not sure that we can go so far as to call this a "happy ending," but at least it's over. By the way, the Celtics beat the Nuggets, 105-89, denying Karl his 1,000th victory as an NBA coach. He will get another shot on Friday night when the Nuggets travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors.
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