So NOT the face of the NBA’s new era.
RoySJ Update: On Sunday, Carmelo Anthony took the first step in what will surely be a long process of rehabing his rep: • Anthony’s apology
I was there tonight. Even worse, I was there with my 12-year-old son. He’s a big Carmelo fan, and in the aftermath of the ugly madness that occurred near the end of the Knicks-Nuggets debacle at Madison Square Garden tonight, he was mad. “More than mad,” he tells me as I type. He was mad at Mardy Collins, who horse-collared J.R. Smith on a Nugget breakaway during what would become a 123-100 squashing.
That started the whole thing. He was “a little mad” at Nate Robinson, who woofed so much in early moments following the foul he was tackled by Smith and they both went tumbling into the very expensive first row of the stands.
And he was mad at me. (More on that later.) As for Carmelo, my son said, “He shouldn’t have tried to punch [Collins] in the jaw but I understand why he was angry. I wouldn’t have punched him in the jaw but I would have done something.”
My son was mad at me because I told him that if he ever threw a punch in a game I’d come down out of the stands, pull him off the floor myself and wouldn’t let him play any more. Okay, so the latter was a little but of an exaggeration. But,hey I was mad, too!
This was the NBA’s worst night since the brawl in Detroit more than two years ago. The league had just about put it in the past and was on a roll in the feel-good era led by LeBron, D-Wade and ‘Melo. Oops.
Not only will David Stern have to re-live dreams of that night in Detroit as it rolls from everyone’s lips between now and Suspension Monday. But Anthony essentially undid all of the goodwill he gained this summer as the surprise leader of Team USA.
Worse for me was having to explain why it was all so bad and ugly – all ten players on the floor at the time of the melee were ejected, something that may not have ever occured before in NBA history. And why it never should have occurred. I finally convinced him that ‘Melo’s sucker-punch of Collins was wrong. But even as he went to bed he could not understand why Carmelo couldn’t have done “something” to “stick up for his teammate.”
Because he’s a leader and he should have been trying to bring peace not escalate
Because as the team’s best player, his sure suspension will hurt the Nuggets even more than Collins’ hard foul on Smith.
Because kids like you look up to him and force dads like me to explain why what he did wrong, and why, yes, he should pay for it dearly.
Check out the news account:
Not a scene from Dancing with NBA Stars.
On Sunday, Anthony seemed to have grasped the magnitude of hbis actions. Perhaps it was a chat with Commissioner Stern. Or reactions offered in the cold light of day. Or perhaps he knows how hard the hammer is about to fall so he began the rehabilitation. For whatever reason, Anthony spologized on the day before the rest of us are likely to learn his fate:” I take full responsibility for my actions in the matter. In the heat of the moment I let my emotions get the best of me. I apologize to the fans, the Denver Nuggets, the NBA, my mother, and my family for the embarrassment I have caused them. I ask you all for your forgiveness.
“I also want to make a personal apology to Mardy Collins and his family. My actions were inexcusable, and I am sorry for making this an even more embarrassing situation.
“What makes this all the more painful is that this was one of the biggest weeks of my life. I just realized one of my biggest dreams when we opened the Youth Center in Baltimore that bares my name. To see the community excited and hundreds of kids smiling was an incredible feeling. Now the thought of thousands of kids seeing this incident on TV pains me. This is not the example I want to set.”
Tell that to my son, ‘Melo, so he’ll stop being mad at me.
Scoundrels: Anthony, Robinson, Collins, Smith…and a bit for Karl and Thomas. Plenty of scoundrelness to go around.