NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: NBA player Carmelo Anthony (L) and LaLa Anthony attends the Rag & Bone Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 330 West Street on September 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)2011 Getty Images
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) smiles as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures to a referee and guard J.R. Smith (8) walks away after a play in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Celtics won 102-96. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, center, exchange words after both received technical fouls as Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Knicks' Tyson Chandler look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony said Tuesday, he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York – What makes a millionaire basketball player fly off the handle and risk a fine or suspension?
Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."
But according to the New York Post an Anthony confident told them it was a comment about his wife LaLa Vasquez, a former MTV VJ.
According to the New York Daily News Anthony and Vasquez are estranged and having marital problems.
The Daily News cites Black Sports Online who spoke to various sources at the game that the comments by Garnett were “Your… wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.”
Anthony said he sought out Garnett after the Knicks' loss to Boston on Monday night so they could discuss it. He would not elaborate on what was said.
Anthony went toward the Celtics' locker room and waited for Garnett outside the team bus. He said they have spoken and sorted out the matter.
"There's certain things that you just don't say to men, another man," Anthony said. "I felt like we crossed a line, but like I said, we both had an understanding right now, we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors, so that situation was handled."
Your… wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.
- Kevin Garnett
The All-Star forwards exchanged words during the game and Anthony clearly was affected. He shot 6 of 26, seeming at times in the second half to be most concerned with pushing and shoving Garnett, and acknowledged Tuesday that he "allowed some negativity to come into my circle."
The NBA is investigating and has video evidence. It could decide to penalize Anthony, who said he shouldn't be suspended.
"Nothing happened for me to be suspended," he said. "I wanted to talk to KG. I think it was something we both needed to get off our chest and see what really the problem was. No altercations, it was just some words and a conversation that we needed to have."
Anthony and Garnett had both received technical fouls with 9:03 remaining in the game after some physical play followed by jawing back and forth from the baseline to midcourt. After the Knicks' 102-96 loss, Anthony went the wrong direction toward the Celtics' locker room in hopes of finding Garnett.
"It's over with for me. Whatever happened last night, happened. The words that was being said between me and Garnett, it happened, can't take that away," Anthony said. "I lost my cool yesterday, I accept that, but there's just certain things that push certain people's buttons."
Anthony has been called for eight technical fouls, one off the league lead, and was thrown out of a physical loss against Chicago after he picked up two. Anthony was once suspended 15 games by the NBA for punching former Knicks guard Mardy Collins in the face during a brawl while playing for Denver, and the Knicks need their leading scorer and the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week to walk away rather than be baited into exchanges.
"We've sat down and we've talked about it," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "Listen, Melo's been playing at a high level and Melo likes winning. He's tasted that here and he's a big part of why we're winning and hey, he just can't have slippage like that."
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.