Danny Ainge, General Manager of the Boston Celtics, stood up for forward Kevin Garnett, who was accused by Detroit's Charlie Villanueva of calling him a "cancer patient" in Tuesday night's game, according to ESPNBoston.
During an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI, Ainge reportedly said Villanueva's claim was "ludicrous."
"There's one thing that I know for sure, and it's that KG would not offend cancer patients. That makes no sense. It makes no sense on a lot of fronts," Ainge reportedly said. "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'?"
Ainge went on to say that Villanueva tweeted the claim for self-promotion.
Garnett denied Villanueva's claim in a statement released Wednesday afternoon, saying that his comment was "You are cancerous to your team and our league."