Friday, November 12, 2010

Charlie Villanueva tweets that KG called him a cancer sufferer

Trash talking is a fact of life within the National Basketball Association, and Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (known to followers as "KG") is better at dishing it than most. During a current blowout win over the Detroit Pistons, however, the Celtics main man pushed the trash talking envelope too far, writes ESPN. Within the tweeted words of Pistons forward Villanueva, "KG called me a cancer sufferer," apparently in reference to Villanueva’s complete insufficient hair. The Detroit Pistons have confirmed that Villanueva was the tweeter in question, but that’s all they have said, pending further exploration. Source of article – Tweet – KG called me a cancer patient, says Charlie Villanueva by Personal Money Store.

Other NBA players bald like Villanueva

The follicly challenged condition Charlie Villanueva has is different than other like Kevin Garnett who shaves his head in the NBA. The condition of alopecia universalis which ends in hair loss is what Villanueva has. Hair is something not on his head. Kevin Garnett looks this way too. Yet in contrast to Garnett, Charlie Villanueva takes references to cancer seriously.

"I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it is a joke,” Villanueva tweeted. “I wouldn’t even trip about that, but a cancer patient; I know way 2 many people who passed away from it."

Then Charlie Villanueva continues

Despite the 23-point drubbing the Celtics handed the Pistons, Charlie Villanueva was not ready to back down from Garnett’s comments. Villanueva tweeted some more about this. Seems like like there might end up being some fights. That’s something that will no doubt lead the Pistons and also the NBA to intervene with a potential fine or other disciplinary measure, although neither the team nor the league have commented on the matter yet.

Understanding alopecia universalis

Wikipedia explains that Alopecia universalis, also known as alopecia, has rapid hair loss as part of it being a rare autoimmune disorder. There is a further disease called alopecia areata. Eyebrows and eyelashes are lost at this stage. There is no age where the symptoms of alopecia start showing up. All treatments are unknown at present. Approximately 1 in 100,000 people have alopecia universalis, including Charlie Villanueva. Edith Bouvier Beale, Standard Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller and David Ferrie, previous CIA operative who worked with Lee Harvey Oswald in the Civil Air Patrol and worked on the Cuban Missile Crisis, have all had the disease too.

Articles cited

ESPN

sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=5759196

Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alopecia_universalis

Boston Globe coverage of the ‘event’

youtube.com/watch?v=QrUyTj-2ti4



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