Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving stated NBA arenas had turn into like “human zoos” after a fan was arrested for throwing a water bottle on the former Celtic guard on Sunday.
Video posted on social media confirmed the bottle narrowly missed Irving, who scored 39 factors in Sport 4 because the Nets beat the Celtics 141-126 to take a 3-1 lead of their Jap Convention first-round playoff sequence.
US media reviews suggests the fan could possibly be banned for all times from Boston’s TD Backyard.
“It is unlucky that sports activities has come to this crossroads the place quite a lot of previous methods are arising,” Irving, who performed for the Celtics from 2017-19, stated after the match.
“It has been that approach for leisure for a very long time with underlying racism and simply treating folks like they’re in a human zoo.”
The conduct of followers has been a problem for the NBA recently, with 5 spectators hit with indefinite bans for “utterly unacceptable” behaviour in direction of gamers and their households in separate incidents final week.
Nets ahead Kevin Durant stated followers must “develop up”.
“We aren’t animals, we’re not within the circus,” he added. “You coming to the sport shouldn’t be all about you as a fan. So, have some respect for the sport.”