Nuggets' Karl Says Melo "Crossed The Line"

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - George Karl says Carmelo Anthony crossed a professional line, leading to the Denver Nuggets suspending their star for a game.

Karl said Tuesday night he hadn't seen a player refuse to come out of a game in his two-plus decades as a coach until Anthony did Sunday against the Indiana Pacers.

Anthony wasn't with the Nuggets when they played on the road against the Detroit Pistons, but the Olympian and All-Star was expected to fly home with the team after the game.

Denver's next game is Thursday night at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Anthony was also suspended by the Nuggets for the first two games of the season as punishment for his drunken driving arrest last spring while they were pushing for a playoff berth.

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