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Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm
 
Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stands up for forward Kevin Garnett, who had been the subject of criticism after Detroit Pistons forward Charliedanny-ainge Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver Just when you were starting to get completely sick of the feud between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, prompted by some Villanueva tweets that accused KG of calling him a "cancer patient," Celtics president Danny Ainge steps boldly into the fray to defend Garnett's honor.  In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI, Ainge reportedly called Villanueva's claims "ludicrous" and accused him of using Twitter to promote himself rather than spread an awareness message. ESPN Boston has a partial transcript of the interview.  
"There's one thing that I know for sure, and it's that KG would not offend cancer patients," Ainge said. "That makes no sense. It makes no sense on a lot of fronts. Not only is he experiencing it in his own family, but that's just not something I've ever heard -- in 30 years -- ever say, in trash talking. What is logical in a trash talking situation for a player to say to another player, 'You have cancer' or 'You are cancer'?"
"...Tweeting is about self-promotion in most cases," he said. "He's [Villanueva] not trying to be a public servant by telling everybody. As a matter of fact he's the one who brings light to this attention ... There's self-promotion in tweeting -- all the time. You are talking about a guy who tweets in the middle of a game. Talk about self-promotion.
The sentiment expressed in Villanueva's tweets immediately drew criticism from cancer surviving coach of the Denver Nuggets George Karl. In an official statement Wednesday, Garnett denied calling Villanueva a "cancer patient," stating that he instead said Villanueva was "cancerous to your team and our league," and he did not apologize for his actions. While Ainge's message might not have been necessary given that the public was just about getting ready to move on from the situation, it exemplifies effective management in a business that's subject to public scrutiny. Although he goes too far when he blames Villanueva, who is the victim here, Ainge's job, first and foremost, is to defend the reputation of his players and his organization. He succeeded at that task, without question. By standing up so forcefully for Garnett, Ainge sends a clear message to the entire organization and its fan base that he will defend his players, especially if they feel they have been wronged or if they are suffering intense criticism. By speaking so frankly, Ainge also invites criticism of himself, which neatly takes some Heat off of Garnett. It's a win-win. Now that we've heard from all of the involved parties, and all of their supporters and sympathizers, hopefully that is the last of it.
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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Trashtalking is not "Your cancerous to your team and our league"!  In the heat of the battle you will say ANYTHING! Your not thinking about your cousin who has cancer during the game!  Man up and say you said it CHUMP!  Danny Ainge, do your job and tell KG not to say it again if he said it!




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

ouch... but after last night, it's hard to argue with you. ;)


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Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 8:25 am
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Posted on: November 7, 2010 9:23 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

I have been reading CBS for over a decade and this is the first time I have posted a comment.
WHAT THE F#$# HAS THIS WORLD COME TO?  Trash talking is a part of any game.  It is not some planned out, deep rooted attack to fight the basic social ground of any person.  We give each other shit because we are fortunate enough in this country to have that ability.  Most of my family died of cancer (including my mother when I was 12) but I don't take a "your mother" joke as something directly against me.  I'm sorry but most Americans are so caught up in feelings and money that they don't really know what is real.



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

hey Club  , You Know what a true jag is  ?



Anyone  with the Dallas  Cowgirls !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  HeHe



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:28 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

I'll Give You That  Charlie is One Funny Looking Dude



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 9:21 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Sorry But To This Sorry A$$ writer Charlie Villanueva  is not a victim here , he  is without a  doubt , a self promoter to try and get some attention because after all he is a below average ballplayer just trying to hang on ............... besides anybody see his picture my god he looks like  the black elmur fudd  man i couldn't stop laughing when i saw his photo 



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:45 am
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

GMAN_13 you must be his "boy" Point being if you are trash talking which you obviously know about, you don't calmly tell someone that you are cancerous to your team and the league, you ass hat. He obviously in the heat of the moment called him a cancer patient, really not that big of deal, but to come out with this very well thought out taunt is what makes him a jag. (In this case).... I have no love for Villanueva, from his years here in Milwaukee, but you never hear of KG being a thug with anyone that might actually knock his ass out instead of being passive aggressive and Tweeting about it... So I guess that makes them both jags, and if you believe KG said that without writing on his wrist 1st so he could remember it, I guess you are a jag too. 


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