Carmelo Anthony Suspended After Celtics Tiff

Confronted Kevin Garnett multiple times

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2013 2:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Carmelo Anthony has been suspended for a game after a series of verbal face-offs with Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. The New York Knicks forward will sit out tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers, ESPN reports. "There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game," says an NBA exec. The conflict began as the two argued near the end of a game Monday, prompting technical fouls.

Anthony took on Garnett in the arena tunnel and outside the locker rooms. Security, police, and Knicks coach Mike Woodson stepped in when Anthony approached Garnett near the Celtics' bus. Anthony says he wanted to have a "one-on-one conversation" with Garnett following an insult by the Celtics player. "I felt that he crossed the line," Anthony says. Later, the two spoke on the phone, adds an insider. In other NBA disciplinary news, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $50,000 for tweeting that he'd "tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably," Mashable reports.

In this photo taken Jan. 7, 2013, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, center, exchange words after both received technical fouls at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, NC, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
In this photo taken Jan. 7, 2013, referee Tony Brothers, left, issues technical fouls to New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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