Carmelo Anthony Displays His Toughness in a Public Arena


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The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony appears in the N.B.A.’s first-ever televised spot, slated to run Christmas Day, denouncing gun violence.

Carmelo Anthony carries an often unfair reputation as the jejune hoop star, the man with a smile almost too soft and a manner too easy.

Yeah, well, let’s give the Knick forward credit where due:

Last April, Carmelo donned a black fedora, marched in the streets of his boyhood city, Baltimore, and spoke against both police and random street violence.

“These are the streets that I walked when I was growing up,” Anthony said at the time. “As you can see, everybody wants justice right now, so we’ve got to be patient and start believing in our system. I know it’s hard to do that right now.”

And now here Anthony is again appearing in the N.B.A.’s first-ever televised spot, slated to run Christmas Day, denouncing gun violence and, implicitly, calling for gun controls.

“The gun should never be an option,” he says, his voiced joined with those of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah.

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