So THESE are the types of things Kevin Garnett says when woofing at opponents. In a sad and twisted way, I’m not even that shocked. A little surprised, yes, but still: I knew KG wasn’t singing his opponents bed-time lullabies, you know?
My heart is legitimately hurting for Charlie Villanueva right now. Seriously. If there’s one taunt that would make him feel pain, it would have to be a cancer patient comment. I’m sure Villanueva has been hearing mean-spirited jokes about his hairless condition all his life, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay and that doesn’t mean he is immune to it. Nobody deserves to be called a cancer patient. Nobody deserves to have a disease made fun of. Nobody.
Garnett never should have resorted to that. That’s about as low as low blows get. The poor guy has a disease that doesn’t allow him to grow hair on his body, and so KG broke out the freaking cancer patient talk. That’s unexplainable.
I’m all for trash talk in games, but it shouldn’t get personal – or at least THAT personal. Talk junk about how Villanueva comes off the bench behind Austin Daye, or how Villanueva’s team lost by 23 points, or how his team is now 0-4 and looked a lot like my high school’s JV team last night. Don’t bring up the disease that has affected him since birth. That’s scum.
I sympathize with Villanueva here. I can’t condone KG’s comments, and never would. I understand that there should be limits to trash talk, that trash talk should only encompass what occurs on the court. Now that you know all that, I’m about to take this conversation somewhere you might not have expected.
You’re the victim here, Charlie, but why rat KG out? If I couldn’t grow hair and KG had called me a cancer patient, I would have taken the scummy trash talk like a man. If I took offense to it, I might throw an elbow. I might shove KG. Or, oh, I don’t know, maybe I would have scored on him more times than he scored on me. What I wouldn’t have done is tweet about it. I just can’t understand why Villanueva would feel the need to share KG’s obscene trash talk to the world.
This was like Lebron re-tweeting racist comments via Twitter, except Villanueva was sharing an opponent’s comments. Maybe Villanueva was still feeling very frustrated about the insults and needed to vent. Maybe he was pissed off about the loss and decided that KG might as well feel the public’s wrath. Maybe he wanted the public to understand how difficult it is to live with no hair. Maybe Villanueva is simply a tattle-tale who likes to see people get in trouble. I don’t know.
Let me interrupt my own thoughts for a second. I know people are going to misunderstand my thoughts. Villanueva is the victim here, people will tell me. It wasn’t Villanueva who did anything wrong. But I know that Villanueva is the victim, and a needless one at that. I understand that perfectly. Yet I also wonder why he shared Garnett’s comments via Twitter. Did he do it to somehow help himself? Or did he simply do it to make Kevin Garnett look like an asshole?
If Villanueva somehow benefitted from his tweets — whether they allowed him to cool off steam, or to sleep better, or whether he simply wanted to let people know how tough it was to be a famous man who can’t grow hair — I can understand why he shared Garnett’s insults to the world. Then, and only then, would it make sense. But if Villanueva wrote the tweets only to turn the public against Garnett, I can’t agree with that. I’m a big believer that any actions taken specifically to harm a person should not be condoned, no matter how big an asshole that person may have been.
Garnett, if he really did say the mean things Villanueva claims he did, was completely in the wrong. He was an asshole, a douchebag, a jerk, whatever you want to call him.
But I still wonder why Villanueva felt the urge to share those comments to the world. I really do.