Kyrie Irving is the latest target for abusive NBA fan behavior.
When Brooklyn’s card The Nets went out to the tunnel after defeating Boston. Celtics on Sunday A fan stood and threw a water bottle at him.
The Celtics later announced a fan in the ring was arrested for throwing a water bottle and banned for life. Cameras captured police escorting a man in Celtics jersey out of the stands.
This game was the second of the series in Boston and the first Celtics game played in front of a near-capacity TD Garden crowd since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Stomp on the Celtics logo at the midcourt.
Ahead of the visit, Irving told reporters he hoped a civil service in Boston would be freed. “Sensitive racism” and a “strict focus on basketball”
“Hopefully we can keep it strictly in basketball,” Irving told reporters last week. “No fighting or racism of any kind took place – subtle racism and people yelling crap from the crowd.”
Irving played for the Celtics for two seasons before joining rivals Nets in 2019, he spoke about after the game.
Irving: ‘It’s a reflection of us as a whole’
“You see the old method. A lot has happened,” Irving said. “It’s been like that for a long time in history in terms of entertainment and sports performers — just racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo. throw things at people, say things
“There was a point where it was too much … it was a reflection of us as a whole when you have fans that do that.”
Kevin Durant: ‘Your mom wouldn’t be proud of you’
His teammate Kevin Durant urged fans to “grow up.”
“Someday the fans It has to grow,” Durant said… “when it comes to these games. You have to realize that these people are human. we are not animals We are not in the circus …
“Respect the game. Have some respect for humans and respect yourself Mom wouldn’t be proud that you threw a water bottle at a basketball player. Spitting at the players Or throw popcorn, raise f*** and enjoy the game. It’s bigger than you.”
More inappropriate fan behavior bus
Durant cited stubborn fan behavior aimed at opposing players that came with the return of a near-full-blown crowd in the playoff games. A Philadelphia 76ers fan at Wells Fargo Arena Center dropped popcorn at Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook on Wednesday. As he walked, he was wounded in the locker room. That same night, New York Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden spit on Atlanta Hawks defender Trae Young.
A day later, the Utah Jazz announced that three fans had been given an indefinite ban for decrying inappropriate language against the Memphis Grizzlies, defending Ja Morant’s family as they watched Game 2 of the semi-final series from ‘Memphis Grizzlies’. Vivint Arena Amphitheater
Morant’s father, Tee, told ESPN’s Tim McMahon that one fan made sexually explicit statements to his wife Jaimie, and another told him, “I’ll put a nickel behind you and watch you dance, kid.”
The Nets-Celtics series moved to Brooklyn on Tuesday, with the Nets leading 3-1 if the Celtics win. The series will return to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday.
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