Sunday , Dec , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Anthony apologizes for part in brawl

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony
released a statement Sunday apologizing for his participation in the brawl
between the Nuggets and Knicks late in Denver’s 123-100 win Saturday night.

“Last night’s altercation with the Knicks escalated further than it should
have. I take full responsibility for my actions in the matter. In the heat
of the moment I let my emotions get the best of me. I apologize to the fans,
the Denver Nuggets, the NBA, my mother, and my family for the embarrassment
I have caused them. I ask you all for your forgiveness.”

The situation was ignited by New York’s Mardy Collins’ hard foul on Denver’s
J.R. Smith with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter. Smith immediately protested
the hard contact and jawed at the Knicks rookie. New York’s Nate Robinson then
barreled in and yelled at Smith, tackling him into the stands.

Anthony then pushed New York’s Jared Jeffries and extended his right hand to
punch at Collins, and the action moved to near center court when Jeffries
tried to get at the Nuggets star player, but he was pulled down by another
player before order was restored.

The Denver star was one of 10 players ejected.

Anthony apologized to Collins in the statement as well. “I also want to make a
personal apology to Mardy Collins and his family. My actions were
inexcusable, and I am sorry for making this an even more embarrassing
situation.”

Anthony closed the statement by mentioning the youth center he opened in
Baltimore earlier in the week, and how he hopes children will not admire his
actions Saturday night.

“To see the community excited and hundreds of kids smiling was an incredible
feeling. Now the thought of thousands of kids seeing this incident on TV pains
me. This is not the example I want to set.”

DEN