(Los Angeles) A Celtics fan has been arrested by Boston police who accused him of throwing a bottle of water for Brooklyn Nets players after their victory over the Celtics in the playoffs on Sunday night.
The bottle landed between Kyrie Irving and Tyler Johnson, who then stopped to look into the bleachers of TD Garden where the projectile had been launched.
After the meeting, Irving explained that he thought the bottle was meant for him. The incident indeed came shortly after the player appeared to wipe his shoes off the Celtics logo inscribed on the floor, as he congratulated his teammates on their success (141-126), which allows them to lead. 3 to 1 in their series against Boston.
“We are not at the theater. We don’t throw tomatoes and other random stuff at people who are performing, ”Irving said of the bottle toss.
The supporter was escorted by police out of the room before being arrested, a spokesperson for the Garden told the Boston Herald.
“We have zero tolerance for violations of our fan code of conduct, and this individual is subject to a lifetime ban from TD Garden,” the spokesperson said.
Series of incidents
Irving, who was playing this week for the first time in front of Celtics fans since leaving Boston in 2019 for Brooklyn, got booed every time he got the ball.
His Nets teammate Kevin Durant felt some fans were going too far.
“At some point the fans have to grow up,” Durant said. We are not animals, we are not at the circus…. Have a little respect for the game. Have a little respect for human beings and have a little respect for yourself. Your mother wouldn’t be proud if you threw water bottles at basketball players, spit at players or threw popcorn ”.
Last week, a Philadelphia fan who dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook, Wash., Was banned indefinitely from the Sixers Hall. The same sanction hit a Knicks fan in New York, guilty of spitting on Trae Young (Atlanta).
Three Jazz supporters, who had used racist slurs at family members of young Memphis star Ja Morant, have also been banned for life.