Charlie Villanueva’s “Cancer Patient” Tweet Starts A Media Frenzy Over Kevin Garnett

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Earlier this week Detroit Pistons player Charlie Villanueva sent out a tweet saying “KG [Kevin Garnett] called me a cancer patient, I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.” This tweet set off a PR backlash against Garnett and now the Boston Celtics are trying to do some crowd control. Boston Celtics coach and former NBA player Doc Rivers referred to the time that Larry Bird talked a lot of trash to him and said that it should just stay on the court.

Kevin Garnett also issued the following statement in response to the tweet:

?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.?