Nuggets' Martin Won't Apologize To Joe Maloof

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Sacramento Kings owner Joe Maloof won't be getting an apology from Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin for his hard foul on Spencer Hawes earlier this week.

Martin says he told Spencer he was sorry after the game but has no intention of apologizing to Maloof.

Hawes strained his troublesome left knee on a scary play in Denver Monday night.

Martin fouled Hawes as the Kings center was going for a layup in the first quarter of Denver's 118-98 win. Hawes landed awkwardly and his knee swelled up. He returned after a timeout to shoot the free throws but then left for the locker room and didn't return.

Martin received a flagrant foul, something he said after the game was undeserved.

An MRI later revealed a strain but no further damage to Hawes' knee, and he missed Sacramento's season finale yesterday (Wednesday) at Minnesota.

The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that Maloof called Martin's actions "thuggery" and said Martin "needs to apologize to Spencer and our organization."

Martin was taken aback over Maloof's criticism, saying he doesn't "owe him or the Sacramento Kings an apology."

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