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Does Carmelo need money for a new jacket?

As if we needed more drama from the "Honey Nut Cheerios Incident" on the day the Knicks visit Boston, it now appears that Carmelo Anthony wants a refund for the fines he received from his one game suspension.  From an ESPN New York story:

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has filed an appeal with the National Basketball Players Association in an attempt to recoup lost wages resulting from his one-game suspension for confronting Boston's Kevin Garnett after a recent game.
The New York Post reported earlier on the appeal, which was confirmed by the players' union.
Anthony was suspended for one game and docked $176,000 -- 1/110 of his salary -- by the league for confronting Garnett multiple times off the court after he and the Boston big man exchanged words late in the Celtics' win at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 7.

This is weird.  No explanation has yet been offered as to why Anthony is asking for his money back.  Does he seriously believe he didn't deserve to be suspended?  If that's the case, why not appeal it in the first place before sitting out a game?  And why would he care about $176,000 if it's "1/110" of his salary?  In all the stories I can think of about pro athlete suspensions, I don't ever remember somebody complaining about the fine that went along with it.

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Mark Vandeusen 1/24/2013 11:37:00 AM Edit
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