Braid Paisley's greatest hits collection may not be the biggest entertainment news story after all. Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons started a storm of controversy when he went to the social media site Twitter to call out Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett following their game in Detroit on November 2. In his tweets, Charlie Villanueva claimed that KG had called him a "cancer patient" during the game, something that he took great offense to because of the serious nature of that disease. The Pistons forward actually suffers from alopecia areata, a disease that among other things results in hair loss. He has dealt with the disease and the taunting that sometimes comes with it ever since he was a child.
But Garnett responded to the claims made by Charlie Villanueva by denying that he had ever called him a cancer patient, instead saying that he has said the Piston was cancerous to his team and to the NBA. His claim is based upon a widely held belief that the Detroit player only gives halfhearted effort most of the time, and that he disappears in many games because of it. The Twitter posting set off an interesting debate. On one hand were those who questioned whether the contents of KG's trash talking should have been off limits. There are many who believe that certain topics should be off limits and that they cross the line of good taste.
Debate over NBA Trash Talking
But then there are others who think that no subject should be off limits, and that if players can't take a little taunting, maybe they should try a different career. This particular example also brought up another component of the ongoing debate, one that has flared up from time to time for many years. This time it was the way Charlie Villanueva announced what his opponent had said (or what the Piston claims he said). To most players and others around the National Basketball Association who have chosen to respond, this was actually a greater infraction than anything Garnett did, no matter what he actually said during the Pistons Celtics game.
This line of thinking says that there or should be an unwritten rule that these things stay on the court or in the locker room, that players never should out one another for anything they say no matter how offensive. Many people in the situation, even those who believe Charlie Villanueva, think he was actually even more out of line to go to Twitter with this posting than his rival was to taunt him and call him a cancer patient (if that is, in fact, even what he said). Both sides reiterate their side of the story, and in his original post, Charlie Villanueva shared that he wanted to get in a boxing ring with Garnett, presumably for the sake of defending people with cancer.
Twitter and the NBA
Charlie Villanueva is just the latest player to get into hot water over his use of Twitter. Many players like Charlie Villanueva have used tweets to share their thoughts on teammates, opposing players, and refs. This cancer defender seems to have taken things to a whole new level, however, by complaining about the words used by his opponent. It appears as though Charlie Villanueva might also suffer from extremely thin skin on top of the other problem he has fought. Comprehensive auto insurance consumers have got to feel for someone who has probably heard more than his fair share of taunts through the years. Still, here's hoping Charlie Villanueva learned his lesson from this whole incident and will refrain from publicly bemoaning trash talk in the future.