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Celtics fan charged with felony assault and battery in Kyrie Irving water bottle incident

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A Celtics fan has discovered himself in authorized bother after he allegedly threw a water bottle at Nets star Kyrie Irving.

Cole Buckley, a 21-year-old Braintree native, was arrested shortly after the incident on the TD Backyard came about and charged Monday with “assault and battery with a harmful weapon.” He will likely be arraigned on Friday and can be going through a lifetime ban from the world.

MORE: Why did Kyrie Irving go away the Celtics in 2019?

And as regulation professor Michael McCann detailed on Twitter, the felony cost will carry severe penalties for Buckley, although he may take a plea deal to decrease the cost/sentence.

It is unclear precisely what is going to occur with Buckley pending his arraignment Tuesday. But it surely’s an necessary consequence for the NBA amid a rash of participant/fan incidents in latest weeks. Buckley’s arrest and the ban of followers which have dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook, spat on Trae Younger and hurled racist and vulgar feedback on the household of Ja Morant may assist deter additional outbursts of poor fan habits throughout NBA playoff video games, which has drawn crucial remarks from gamers over the previous week.

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Most notably, Kevin Durant stated followers have to “develop the f— up,” talking about Buckley and the rash of different incidents across the league.

“Followers acquired to develop up sooner or later,” Durant stated after Sunday’s recreation. “I do know that being in the home for a yr and a half with the pandemic acquired lots of people on edge, acquired lots of people wired, however once you come to those video games, it’s important to notice these males are human.

“We aren’t animals; we aren’t within the circus. You coming to the sport isn’t all about you as a fan. So, have some respect for the sport. Have some respect for human beings, and have some respect for your self. Your mom would not be happy with you throwing water bottles at basketball gamers or spitting on gamers or tossing popcorn. So, develop the f— up, and benefit from the recreation. It is greater than you.”



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