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Carmelo Anthony won’t be suspended for hit to the head on Spencer Hawes (VIDEO)

Feb 26, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

Midway through the third quarter of the Knicks’ win over the Sixers on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony apparently was done wrestling with Spencer Hawes. After the two were battling for position for most of the possession, and once the shot went up, Anthony smacked Hawes in the back of the head with his right hand, and waited for his reaction.

It came swiftly, with Hawes turning and getting in Anthony’s face, before Tyson Chandler came to the defense of his All-Star teammate and shoved Hawes pretty good, before all parties were separated by the officials.

It was undoubtedly an intentional physical act by Anthony that started it all, but he won’t be suspended for his actions.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Both Hawes and Chandler received double technicals and Anthony, in addition, was called for a flagrant foul. He said after the game that Hawes had elbowed him prior to the incident.

The league, according to a source, reviewed the matter but has decided against suspending Anthony, who has been in the middle of several skirmishes — both with officials and opponents — this season.

The referees at the time didn’t rule Anthony’s hit as a “punching foul,” because if they had, it would have resulted in an automatic ejection. The league office must have viewed the play similarly (perhaps as more of a slap or a swipe) in order to decide it wasn’t worthy of further punishment.

Anthony and Chandler each have 10 technical fouls on the season, tying them for fifth in that category with the likes of Matt Barnes of the Clippers and Kendrick Perkins of the Thunder. J.R. Smith is right behind them with nine, so it’s an issue the team may want to address and attempt to get under control before things get much more physical and intense once the postseason begins.

  1. fanofevilempire - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    come on, we used to do that in skool all the time.

  2. tmatic74 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Melo basically slapped the whole team because nobody jumped after he slapped Hawes. Can not play with them…

  3. zacksdad - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    A few thoughts about this.

    1. This just as bad as the un-clenched fist of MWP wrist hitting another player. MWP did not look as intentional, yet he gets a suspension.

    2. Anthony was commented on what a chicken punk he is when tried to confront Garnett at the bus after Kevin’s funny comment about ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’. This is another punk move. He hits a player on the back of the head and lets another Knick player back up his punk move.

    3. Hawes get called for a technical to get slapped on the back of his head, he only chest up to punk Anthony (who is backing away like a punk), and then gets shoved hard by a real man ‘Chandler’.

    Not sure how the NBA refereeing really works.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      relax, you act like he slapped you.

  4. thenmoveback - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Classless move by a classless player on a classless team.

    • saint1997 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      classless comment

    • zerole00 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Wow, and here I was hoping he’d mature past the pussy sucker-punch he threw while in Denver.

  5. eagles512 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    If he wasn’t a star, there’s no doubt he’s suspended. Punk move

  6. reesesteel23 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    1. Carmelo is a P****
    2. How in God’s name do you not suspend a guy, or at the minimum, fine him for something so blatant?
    3. Carmelo is a P****

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      I bet you wouldn’t say that to Melo, as a matter fact, LaLa would slap you
      for using that language.

      • jt1138 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Oh please, Melo is about as frightening as John Lucas III or Chris Quinn.

      • mornelithe - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        Sure I would, on top of that, I’d ask him if Garnett was right and if his wife did taste like honey nut cheerios. And if he even laid a finger on me, I’d sue him and get seriously paid. Anyone disturbed by mere words, is a child. If you can’t grow some thicker skin, you’re going to be paying dearly for it later on.

        I’d certainly take a beating, just to sue the crap of a seriously rich NBA star. Why not? Maybe that’ll teach Anthony a lesson in controlling his temper (something his mother should’ve done years ago). Plus, it’d just be damn funny to provoke an temper tantrum from a super star. I’d find that absolutely hilarious.

  7. beagle11 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Big kudos to Chandler, that was an Oakley reaction. Love it!
    You guys begging for a suspension must not have watched ball before the late 90s. The Davis’s of Indiana, Bad boy pistons, Oakley/Mason Knicks, Rodman and even Pippen on the Bulls. Stuff like this happened every other game. Happened numerous times a game come playoff time.
    Basketball is a full contact sport, stuff happens when 2 guys fight for the same spot on the floor. Refs controlled the situation and thats that.

    • captainwisdom88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      you dont give credit for a slap in the head. you dont give ‘KUDOS” for someone comin in and shoving somebody, only escalating the situation. ur just as much of a punk as the carmelo or chandler bro

      hawes is a duck. hes an awful player, but if someone slaps you on the head you confront them about it like a man, you dont just take it. simple as that

      if you wanna appluad the knicks for their immaturity, you could use a good roughin up yourself son

      • beagle11 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Internet tough guy alert!!

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Yeah, that was the good old day’s, if you got something down low, you earned it.
      Pip has a scar under his chin courtesy of Rodman.
      Ewing used to work for his against the Davis’s,Oak and Mason had his back.
      Riles said “no rebounds no rings”
      That was some good basketball.

      • captainwisdom88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        i LOVE physical play. especially in the playoffs. high emotion high intensity basketball is the most fun to watch. But battling with heart is different than bi*** slapping

  8. eflem80 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    @ zacksdad, Melo never ran into the stands & beat up a 5’8″ fan….

  9. BOOMmediaGroup - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Reblogged this on boom Media Group.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      great work, thanks!

  10. mazblast - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Anthony smacks Hawes in the head. Hawes doesn’t hit Anthony. Both get double technicals? Chandler is the third man in, shoves Hawes (who didn’t hit him), and gets nothing?

    I know the stars get preferential treatment and almost never get suspensions, but this is absurd.

    • LPad - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      The writeup for this post is wrong. Melo got hit with a flagrant foul and was the only one who got hit with one. The double techs went to Hawes and Chandler for the shoving and exchanging of words after the whistle.

      • mazblast - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Chandler was the third guy in, shoves Hawes, and Hawes gets the same punishment as Chandler?

        As for Anthony’s flagrant foul, that will probably be waived by the league office as soon as they read who it was called on. He’s a so-called superstar, and in David Stern’s NBA, superstars do not commit flagrant fouls.

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    I’m a Knicks fan and even I know that Anthony should feel like a punk for starting this and then totally backing down when he saw Hawes in his face.

    Chandler needs to calm down. Not worth getting ejected for his girlfriend.

    • LPad - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      this has to be a joke. You claim you’re a Knick fan and then proceed to call Melo Tyson’s girlfriend. That’s like a Heat fan calling D-Wade LeBron’s girl. btw, he probably knew he was wrong and decided not to make things worse.

  12. jjviolin1 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    LOL, Carmelo loves to b!tc# slap dudes

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