Following hurling a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving after Sunday’s game, a Boston Celtics fan was arrested and might face a lifetime ban from TD Garden. The incident occurred at TD Gardens in Boston. The event occurred following the Nets’ 141-126 victory against the Celtics, giving them a 3-1 lead in their playoff series. Before turning to proceed toward the locker room, Irving proceeded to center court and appeared to wipe his shoe on the Celtics’ emblem.
The fan tossed the bottle in his direction before he could reach the tunnels. Although the bottle did not hit Irving, it drew his attention, and he and other colleagues came to a halt to speak with the fan. Tyler Johnson scoured the crowd and identified the perpetrator after his colleagues were angry. After that, the fan was detained.
“It’s unfortunate that sports has come to this crossroads where a lot of old ways are coming up,” Irving said after the match.
“It’s been that way for entertainment for a long time with underlying rac*sm and just treating people like they are in a human zoo.”
At his arraignment on Wednesday, the fan was released on $500 bail. Cole Buckley, 21, of Braintree, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in Boston Municipal Court. He was also told not to go near the TD Garden. On NBA’s First Take, Max Kellerman reacted to Kevin Garnett (KG) having a problem with Kyrie Irving stomping on the Boston Celtics’ logo. Max made it clear that just because Kyrie stamped the logo, doesn’t mean the fan should have reacted in that way.
“He showed up. Gave his all to the franchise. Loved this place won a championship. You know is that is a true Celtic. And Kyrie showed up. We were better off without him than with him. He said he’d never leave and then he bounced. Then he comes back and disrespects our logo center court. That is not an excuse to throw something at someone. That is not an excuse. I don’t think KG is saying it’s an excuse. He’s just pointing out that people are mad at Kyrie. (It) Doesn’t excuse the behavior. They’re mad at Kyrie, I understand what KG is saying I get it. That does not mean a fan gets to break the law. I mean go ahead break the law and now suffer the consequences. I get what KG is saying and I don’t think KG big baby came closer to saying hey you know before it gets real. He came walked up to that line closer than KG did KG was just talking about the emotional side of it,” Max Kellerman said on ESPN First Take.
A fan tossed popcorn at Wizards star Russell Westbrook in Philadelphia, and a spectator spat at Atlanta’s Trae Young as he prepared to inbound the ball in New York. They were banned, as were three Utah supporters accused of racially abusing Memphis guard Ja Morant’s family.
Irving scored 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Game 4 of the Nets’ first-round playoff series, quieting the first post-pandemic packed house at the TD Garden. Brooklyn now leads the series 3-1 and has a chance to clinch at home on Tuesday. Irving scored 25 points to lead the Nets to a 123-109 win against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. The Nets will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round for the first time since 2014. On Saturday, the No. 2-seeded Nets will host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in Game 1.