Kevin Garnett reportedly invoked the name of Osama bin Laden when refusing an autograph request by a Lakers ballboy Sunday, according to Tweets by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports and J.A. Adande of ESPN.
Both reporters have since deleted the Tweets, but they told Deadspin that the number of re-Tweets overwhelmed their respective accounts and they deleted them so they could continue working.
During the Celtics' 109-96 victory, the reporters both Tweeted that a Lakers ball boy asked Garnett for his autograph and KG refused, saying, "You've got a better chance of catching bin Laden." Andrew Bogut, center for the Milwaukee Bucks, said the statement was "little better than what Garnett told one of our ball boys" in responding to Spears' Tweet.
Earlier this year, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him "a cancer patient" during a game. Garnett denied the charge, saying he actually said Villanueva was "cancerous to his team," and Celtics coach Doc Rivers backed Garnett's account. Villanueva has repeatedly stood by his statement.