Nets goalie Kyrie Irving had a bottle of water thrown from the stands at TD Garden in Boston after Brooklyn’s playoff win over the Celtics on Sunday night.
YES Network captured the moment: Irving was walking out of the pitch with his teammates when the bottle landed in front of him.
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“We keep saying things like ‘we are human, we are human’, but we are not treated like we have rights when we are sometimes out there and people feel empowered to do something. things like that, ”Irving told reporters during his post-game Zoom call.
“We keep saying, ‘we are human, we are human’, but we are not treated like we have rights when we are there and people feel empowered to do things like that. – Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/LbSRU6zkHB
– Videos of nets (@SNYNets) May 31, 2021
Later video (screenshot below) showed a Celtics fan led from the arena in handcuffs. It is not yet known whether this person threw the bottle away.
Celtics fans are angry with Irving for, among other things, leaving the team in 2019 after saying the year before that he would re-sign with Boston. Irving stirred the pot earlier in the week by expressing his hope that the Boston crowd would stick to basketball for Games 3 and 4 of the Net-Celts series and not show “subtle racism.”
On Sunday, Irving took to center court after the Nets beat the Celtics 141-126 in Game 4, then stomped on the Boston logo. Brooklyn took a 3-1 lead in the Top Seven series with the win. Game 5 is on Tuesday in Brooklyn.
Sunday’s incident is the latest example of fans crossing the line with players or their families in this year’s NBA Playoffs:
–A 76ers fan in Philadelphia threw popcorn at the Wizards’ Russell Westbrook.
–A Knicks fan in New York spat at Hawks goalie Trae Young.
–Salt Lake City jazz fans have made racist and vulgar comments to the family of Grizzlies goalie Ja Morant.
Each of these fans was identified and then banned from their respective arenas.
Irving reminded reporters that the problem of bad fan behavior has been around for many years.
“A lot of older players have been through this, and any great person, great artist, performer understands that when you achieve something bigger than yourself, you’re going to have a lot of adversity, animosity and you just have to understand how to deal with it, ”he said.