Carmelo Anthony was suspended one game without pay for a confrontation with Kevin Garnett after Monday night’s game. Anthony followed Garnett to the Madison Square Garden tunnel, near the players’ locker room and by the Celtics’ bus.
The two players had a spat during the game, and both received technical fouls. The Celtics won the matchup 102-96.
The decision to suspend Anthony was announced on Wednesday by the NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, Stu Jackson.
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” Jackson said. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
Anthony previously said he did not expect to get suspended for his actions after the game. Anthony was suspended by the league in 2006 for a brawl between the Knicks and Nuggets. Anthony was a member of the Nuggets at the time and was banned for 15 games.