"KG talks alot of crap, he's prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him," posted Villanueva on Twitter early Wednesday morning after the Pistons landed in Atlanta for their game against the Hawks. Villanueva explained the origin of his anger in two additional tweets.
"KG called me a cancer patient, I'm pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke," he wrote before adding, "I wouldn't even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those."
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The "cancer patient" remark seems to be a reference to the fact that Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, a skin condition which results in the loss of hair but is otherwise not harmful.
As FanHouse's Elie Seckbach pointed out in this video interview from Feb. 2009, Villanueva serves as a spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, frequently meeting with children who also suffer from the condition before games both home and on the road.
Trash talk is supposed to make a person cringe, but Garnett's alleged epithet of choice seems especially classless now as cancer has claimed the lives of two athletes in this past week alone: former Trail Blazers great Maurice Lucas died Sunday at 58 with bladder cancer, and Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell died Tuesday at 20 due to skin cancer.