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Carmelo Anthony, a New York Knicks forward, is reportedly not facing suspension for hitting Philadelphia 76ers Spencer Hawes during a game Sunday night.
According to ESPN, the two got into a quarrel in the third quarter of the game over a position on a rebound. Anthony hit Hawes in the back of the head. In turn, Hawes reacted angrily and was about to approach Anthony when Tyson Chandler pushed him.
After the game, Anthony stated he was elbowed by Hawes before the fight began.
Chandler and Hawes were given double technicals for their part in the quarrel and Anthony was given a flagrant foul, claims Sports Illustrated.
The league went over this issue and decided not to suspend Anthony, even though he has taken part in several other quarrels in the past, including one with Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson says of his player’s behavior, “He's just got to control his emotions. Melo is a physical player and he likes contact, which is great. He doesn't back away from contact. We had the altercation and we were able to pull away from it. No punches were thrown. They assessed the technicals and the flagrants the way they saw it and we moved on."