cancer as a metaphor

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 4 17:14:42 UTC 2010

 From NYT sports pages:
> Garnett has always been the league’s biggest bully, but got called on
> it when Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva announced via Twitter that
> Garnett had referred to him as a “cancer patient,” in reference to the
> alopecia that costs Villanueva his hair. Garnett issued a statement
> claiming his comment was actually that Villanueva was a “cancer to his
> team and the league,” although as Mitch Lawrence writes on
>, almost no one believes him. Even if that’s what he
> said, writes J.A. Adande on, it’s time to ditch the cancer
> metaphor in sports once and for all and David Whitley writes on
>, in another era someone would have just decked Garnett.
> Conversely, Dan Shaughnessy writes in the Boston Globe that in
> sporting circles, Villanueva is actually the bad guy because he broke
> the code of keeping trash talk on the court.


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