Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has alopecia universalis, which means he has no hair on his entire body. While it’s not uncommon to see an athlete with, say, a shaved head, in Villanueva’s case, it’s not by choice. And according to him, the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett went too far in talking trash about it in a game last night.
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Villanueva’s (understandable) issue: Garnett called him a “cancer patient.” Villanueva tweeted his anger in general with a pretty forceful challenge:
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
This fight would actually be pretty interesting, but it’s secondary to the explanation Villanueva gave as to why Garnett upset him so:
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
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
The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre had a harsh reaction to Garnett’s words (again, understandable), calling Garnett an “insufferable prick…yet to prove he can back it up when the fists fly” and saying this year’s Celtics are actually a very likable team…”except Garnett.”
Of course, trash talking happens in pro sports all the time, and much of it is likely as bad or worse as what Garnett said…but if he says it, he better be prepared to deal with the backlash.
And we doubt this is the first time Villanueva’s heard an insult like that – we remember hearing about really classy fan chants like “How’s the chemo?” from his college days at UConn – but it might be telling how much Garnett gets under everyone’s skin that THIS is the instance that pushes him over the edge. Trash talking is fine, and Garnett makes a living irritating opponents, but this was about a guy’s medical condition. Garnett crossed the line.