Kevin Garnett allegedly told Carmelo Anthony that LaLa Vasquez, Anthony’s wife, “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios” during Monday night’s Knicks-Celtics game.
The report by Black Sports Online has not been confirmed by any other news outlets, but if true, saying Vasquez “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios” isn’t the first time Garnett has been accusing of spewing harsh words at his opponents.
The Honey Nut Cheerios line is allegedly what made Melo so enraged that he waited by the Boston Celtics team bus following Monday night’s game in search of Garnett. Madison Square Garden security and New York City police officers were dispatched to the scene to diffuse Melo, according to ESPN.
Garnett, who is known for his trash talking on the court, appeared to cross the line when referencing Anthony’s wife.
There are other instances of Garnett allegedly taking his trash talking too far during games.
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In 2010, Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva claimed the talented Celtics superstar called him “a cancer patient.” Villanueva has a form of alopecia that prevents hair growth.
"KG 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,” Villanueva tweeted at the time, according to ESPN Boston. "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.”
Garnett denied saying those words.
"My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact 'You are cancerous to your team and our league,'" Garnett said in a statement. "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."
Garnett allegedly also crossed the line in 1999 during a game on Mother’s Day, when his Minnesota Timberwolves squared off against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.
Duncan’s mother died of cancer when he was 14, and her death was well-known to those who follow basketball.
Just before Duncan attempted two free throws, Garnett allegedly shouted, “Happy Mother’s Day, mother-----!”