Melo: Suspended by the Nuggets

by March 03, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni

It wouldn’t be a true NBA season without Carmelo Anthony getting into some kind of trouble, now would it? Of course not.

And, of course, Carmelo has obliged.

The Denver Post reports:

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended by the team for tonight’s game at Detroit. The team called it an in-game transgression, which occurred in Sunday’s game at Indiana. Multiple sources said coach George Karl tried to take Anthony out of the game in the third quarter, but Anthony refused to come out, disrespecting the coach.

“There is a code of conduct that we take very seriously, especially from a leader and co-captain,” Nuggets vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said. “Carmelo knows this and regrets what happened. He is a very competitive person and made a poor decision in the heat of the moment. We look forward to having him back on Thursday and will have no further comment at this time.”

In all likelihood, this isn’t a very big deal, but these types of incidents have to be getting pretty old for both Melo and the team.