Kyrie Irving is the latest player to be harassed by an NBA fan.
After Irving lost 39 points to the Celtics in a 141-126 Nets win, the team’s star goalie was heading to the locker room when a Boston fan threw a water bottle at him.
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Here is an overview of the incident, via the YES network.
Irving came out unscathed from the water bottle spray, but he was understandably upset by what had happened. As a result, he called on NBA fans amid their recent wave of bad behavior in the arena.
“It’s unfortunate that sport has come to a lot of this kind of crossroads where you see a lot of old ways popping up,” Irving told reporters after the game. “It’s been so in history in terms of entertainment, artists and sports for a long time, just underpinning racism and treating people as if they were in a human zoo.
“Throwing stuff at people and saying things. It’s a certain point where it gets too much. I called it up, I just wanted it to stay strictly basketball. But then you just see how people feel. very empowered here, they paid for their tickets – great, I’m thankful they come to see a great performance.
“But we’re not at the theater. We don’t throw tomatoes and other random stuff at people who are performing. It’s just too much.”
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While Kevin Durant was ready to admit that the pandemic has left a lot of people “on edge”, he echoed Irving’s sentiments largely and told fans to “grow the f-up”.
“The fans grew up at one point. I know being home for a year and a half with the pandemic got a lot of people on edge, stressed out a lot of people, but when you come to these games you have to realize that these men are human, “Durant said. declared. “We are not animals, we are not in the circus. Your coming to the game isn’t just about you as a fan.
“Have respect for human beings and have respect for yourself. Your mom wouldn’t be proud if you threw water bottles at basketball players, spit at players, or threw popcorn. So grow up and enjoy the game, it’s bigger than you.
Of course, the popcorn reference Durant made was about the 76ers fan who dropped popcorn on Russell Westbrook in Game 2 of the 76ers Series vs. Wizards. And the spitting incident happened between Trae Young and a Knicks fan in the Hawks vs. Knicks.
Additionally, Jazz fans made racist and vulgar comments to Ja Morant’s family in the first two games of their series with the Grizzlies.
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So what happened in Boston on Sunday night is not an isolated issue. Still, that doesn’t excuse the fan’s behavior, and Celtics star Jayson Tatum acknowledged it while supporting the majority of Boston fans in attendance for the game.
“I mean, 18,000 people in a building. I guess in any arena there are a few bad seeds, ”Tatum said. “I don’t want this to overshadow the rest of the fans who came to support us tonight. I was extremely happy to see that, but obviously there is no place in the NBA to throw bottles or throw anything at a player. So I’m sure they’ll handle this right away.
And they did. the a fan would have been arrested and faces a lifetime ban from the TD Garden.
Nonetheless, Durant has made it clear that the Nets, who lead the Celtics 3-1 in the Top Seven series, are hoping they won’t have to return to Boston anytime soon.
“We know how these people are here in Boston,” Durant said. “We know how passionate they are about Kyrie in particular. And they’re still mad at him. That’s no reason for them to act childishly, but we don’t need to talk about it. We know what’s already going on here.
“I’m glad I got the W and hope we don’t have to come back here this year.”