A Boston Celtics fan, who appeared to throw a bottle of water at Kyrie Irving’s head as he left the court at the TD Garden after the Brooklyn Nets’ 141-126 win on Sunday, was arrested, said a league source to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
The bottle missed Irving, who was walking into the tunnel after helping put Brooklyn up 3-1 over the Celtics with a 39-point performance.
“You’re seeing a lot of old ways come up … just the underlying racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo,” Irving said after the game. “Throwing things at people, saying things. There is a certain point where it becomes too much.”
This is the second time a fan has thrown something at a player while leaving the court this postseason. A Sixers fan was kicked out of the Wells Fargo Center after throwing popcorn at Russell Westbrook as he came off the floor during Game 2 of the Wizards’ first-round series against Philadelphia.
Two other high-profile incidents this postseason include the banning of fans in New York and Salt Lake City for spitting on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and berating the family of Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant with comments. racists.
“The fans got to grow up at some point,” Nets star Kevin Durant said after the game. “I know that being in the house for a year and a half with the pandemic made a lot of people nervous, it stressed a lot of people, but when you come to these games, you have to realize that these men are human. We are not animals, we are not in the circus, “he said.