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Charlie Villanueva ready to fight Kevin Garnett over 'cancer patient' comment

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 4:33 p.m.

Kevin Garnett has responded to Charlie Villanueva's accusation that KG called him a "cancer patient."

"My comment to [Villanueva] was in fact 'You are cancerous to your team and our league,' " Garnett said in a statement (via Adrian Wojnaroski). 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."

Filed at 8:11 a.m.

Did Kevin Garnett really call Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient?"

villanueva.jpgReally? Villanueva says Garnett, known for flapping his trap, made the comment during the Boston Celtics' rout of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night and CV31 shot back on Twitter.

"KG talks alot of crap, he's prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him," he tweeted early today.

"KG called me a cancer patient, I'm [irked] because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke."

"I wouldn't even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those."

Villanueva, who has alopecia areata (an autoimmune disorder resulting in hair loss, especially on the scalp) is a spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
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Comments

KG has been bumpin' his gums for years, and "Super Saijen 3" Villanueva, is right; KG has probably never been in a fight. I think it's high time fo'dat 4SS whoopin'! I bet David Stern's old b!tch 4SS is seething right now. Villanueva's probably gonna' get fined.

Posted by: WallyWutMD | November 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

When Garnett was still a great player, everybody overlooked the fact that he was a jerk and a bully. He knows he can't guard guard guys like Blatche or Villanueva any more, which is why he tries so hard to psych them out.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 4, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

KG is a good player and I like his intensity but, I believe he said it. I understand talking trash is part of the game but to be so insensitive to a deadly disease is plain ignorant.

By the way I don't believe KG made that statement either. Can you say, "publicist?"

Posted by: carterm1 | November 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

KG is a good player and I like his intensity but, I believe he said it. I understand talking trash is part of the game but to be so insensitive to a deadly disease is plain ignorant.

By the way I don't believe KG made that statement either. Can you say, "publicist?"

Posted by: carterm1 | November 5, 2010 10:25 AM |


I too have always been a big fan of KG's. Besides GA, I've considered him for a long time my franchise player. I use to say "if I were a GM building a team from scratch, I would start my team with KG and build around him."

Now, about the potential comment KG is accused of making...... for anyone who has played any type of organized sport, you know trash talking comes with it. But, to try and ridicule another human being by insinuating the have some type of illness, especially a potentially terminal dease like cancer. There is no......excuse or reason for KG to make any reference of that nature.

I've lost some respect for his choice of actions.

Posted by: sbowie1 | November 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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