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Kevin Garnett denies calling Villanueva “cancer patient”

Nov 3, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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Kevin Garnett has responded to Charlie Villanueva’s claim that Garnett called him a “cancer patient” during Tuesday night’s game. In a statement released through the Celtics, Garnett denies making the statement.

“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. 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.”

When asked before tonight’s game about Garnett’s statement, Villanueva responded to the Detroit Free Press (via twitter):

“I know exactly what I heard.”

  1. zackd22 - Nov 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    VIllanueva is a cancer to this league? That makes sense…..

    Meanwhile I doubt he spoke up and his team NOT re-signing Delonte “Smash your mom, guns in my guitar case” West.

  2. sham13ert - Nov 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Wow, as a Detroit fan, I don’t know what to think about KG’s comments. While I like CV as a person, his court presence seems to be lacking.

    I mean, he gets hyped up on Twitter, why not punch KG in the face? I know there will be a suspension, but we need another Bill Laimbeer more than we need a stretch 4.

    Rebounding and punching KG in the face should be the name of Charlie V’s game. And not just against Boston, he should skip practice, dinner, and the birth of his grandchildren (if need be) to punch KG in the face… repeatedly.

    Then show up, On Time, to rebound the basketball and not shoot 3 pointers (although the one he shot against OKC was ok).

    Also, Villanueva should take down his senior class photo on Twitter and replace it with one of him, oh I don’t know, playing basketball.

  3. pdbro - Nov 3, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    If true, Villanueva looks quite the fool. Charlie had a clear agenda and it may have backfired. Beauty. That guy is overpaid garbage on the court anyway. Just another dude mailing it in after getting paid.

  4. wvan10 - Nov 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Seriously whoever actually believes that Garnett actually said CV was “cancerous to his team and our league” is a Tommy Heinsohn watching, Rajon Rondo loving Celtics homer or KG’s mom. He said what CV said he said but CV broke an unwritten rule in the NBA….you don’t rat out your peers. KG should be man enough to apologize and not lie and CV should be man enough to confront KG personally if he had an issue with what was said. The entire league talks trash especially KG. We’re talking about the same guy who said he was “gonna bring a couple M-16s and Uzis” to the game against the Lakers in the West Finals a few years back (which coincidentally would actually get him fined in this day and age). Get over it people. NBA is for the big boys.

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