Anthony apologizes for behavior

Letters to NBA executives follow his `tough summer'

Pro Basketball

October 29, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, a Baltimore native whose image has taken several whacks of late, has been on a letter-writing campaign to rehabilitate his persona.

According to the Denver Post, Anthony sent personal letters to several high-profile NBA executives - including league commissioner David Stern - in the wake of a nightclub scuffle, a citation for marijuana possession, and, most notably, his run-ins with U.S. national team coach Larry Brown during this past summer's Olympic Games.

"He learned from it, he acknowledged having a tough summer, but he said it will help him be a better player, person and a positive for the NBA," his agent, Calvin Andrews, told the Denver Post.

Anthony, who played at Towson Catholic before leading Syracuse to the national championship in 2003 and helping the Nuggets into the playoffs as a rookie last season, struggled with Brown's coaching and saw little action during the Olympics.

Not long after returning from Athens, he was involved in a scuffle between himself and the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend, MTV personality La La Vasquez, in a New York nightclub. Last week he was cited for possession of marijuana at Denver International Airport, though he maintained that a friend left the marijuana in Anthony's carry-on bag, which carried less than an ounce of the substance.

Still, it prompted him to address his younger observers.

"I know there are a lot of kids that look up to me" said Anthony on his Web site, carmeloanthony.net. "I take that responsibility very seriously, and I'm sorry this incident has occurred."

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