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Kevin Garnett releases statement calling Charlie Villanueva “cancerous to your team and our league” – and that’s his attempt at damage control

Kevin Garnett issued a statement in response to Charlie Villanueva’s tweets last night. Via Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

“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.”

If Villanueva didn’t have alopecia, Garnett’s explanation might be believable. Although it might not pass the smell test, Garnett’s explanation is at least plausible. I think you could find plenty of people who think Villanueva is a caner to the Pistons and the NBA.


  • Nov 3, 20105:24 pm
    by nuetes


    Great now everyone comes out of this thing looking like pansies. CV for crying on twitter, and Garnett for making up some stupid replacement smack. At least he came up with something that’s impossible to argue against.

  • Nov 3, 20105:47 pm
    by Todd


    Seriously??? That is a detraction? Last I checked NBA players didn’t typically refer to each other in those evaluative terms (especially in the moment) unless it was surrounded by expletives that weren’t mentioned.  

  • Nov 3, 201010:41 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    Honestly, the whole thing just makes me sad. The Pistons used to be the team that bullied and intimated people. Now they are the team that cries on Twitter.

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