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.”