Nets guard Kyrie Irving had a water bottle thrown at him from the stands at TD Backyard in Boston, following Brooklyn’s playoff win vs. the Celtics on Sunday night time.
YES Community captured the second: Irving was strolling off the court docket with teammates when the bottle landed in entrance of him.
“We preserve saying issues like ‘We’re human, we’re human,’ however we do not get handled like we now have rights once we’re on the market at occasions and other people really feel entitled to go and do issues like that,” Irving informed reporters in his postgame Zoom name.
“We preserve saying, ‘we’re human, we’re human,’ however we do not handled like we now have rights once we’re on the market and other people really feel entitled to do issues like that” – Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/LbSRU6zkHB
— Nets Movies (@SNYNets) Might 31, 2021
A later video (screenshot beneath) confirmed a Celtics fan being led from the world in handcuffs. It’s not but clear whether or not that particular person threw the bottle.
TD Backyard introduced that Boston police arrested an area “visitor” for “throwing an object.” It additionally stated the particular person is “topic to a lifetime ban” from the constructing.
Here’s a assertion from TD Backyard concerning the incident wherein a fan threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving. pic.twitter.com/j2aYRVNwr1
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) Might 31, 2021
Celtics followers are offended at Irving for, amongst different issues, leaving the staff in 2019 after saying the yr prior that he would re-sign with Boston. Irving stirred the pot earlier within the week by expressing his hope that the Boston crowd would stick with basketball for Video games 3 and 4 of the Nets-Celts collection and never show “delicate racism.”
On Sunday, Irving walked to heart court docket after the Nets defeated the Celtics 141-126 in Recreation 4, then stomped on Boston’s brand. Brooklyn took a 3-1 lead within the best-of-seven collection with the victory. Recreation 5 shall be Tuesday in Brooklyn.
Sunday’s incident is the newest occasion of followers crossing traces with gamers or their households throughout this yr’s NBA playoffs:
— A 76ers fan in Philadelphia dumped popcorn on the Wizards’ Russell Westbrook.
— A Knicks fan in New York spit on Hawks guard Trae Younger.
— Jazz followers in Salt Lake Metropolis made racist and vulgar feedback to the household of Grizzlies guard Ja Morant. Morant’s father stated that followers additionally made racist feedback to the household of Memphis’ Dillon Brooks.
Every of these followers was recognized after which banned from their respective arenas.
Irving reminded reporters that the difficulty of fan misbehavior has been round for a few years.
“Lots of older gamers went by means of it, and any nice particular person, nice entertainer, performer understands that once you’re attaining one thing larger than your self you are going to have numerous adversity, animosity and you’ve got simply received to determine how you can take care of it,” he stated.