Just Now: Boston Celtics player was arrested……..

Just Now: Boston Celtics player was arrested……..

Kyrie Irving cites 'underlying racism' after fan arrested for throwing  bottle | NBA | The Guardian

BOSTON – According to TD Garden, a Boston Celtics fan who hurled a water bottle at Kyrie Irving’s head as he was leaving the court after the Brooklyn Nets’ 141-126 victory on Sunday night has been detained.

According to the statement, the supporter was led out of the venue by Boston police and arrested “for throwing an object.”

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving nearly hit with water bottle, Boston Celtics  fan arrested

The bottle almost missed Irving, who was headed into the tunnel after helping Brooklyn take a 3-1 series lead against the Celtics with his 39-point outburst.

“You can see that people out here just feel very entitled,” Irving remarked of the incident. “They paid for their tickets — great, I’m glad they’re here to see a great performance.” But we’re not at the movies. We’re not throwing tomatoes and other odd objects at the performers.”

A witness told Boston Police that the defendant, Cole Buckley, 21, of Braintree, Massachusetts, hurled a Dasani water bottle at Irving. Buckley is charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday.

“We are providing assistance to Boston Police while this incident is being investigated,” a TD Garden representative stated in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for violations of our guest code of conduct, and the guest is subject to a lifetime ban from TD Garden.”

This is the latest in a string of incidents in which supporters have thrown objects or body fluids at players. A fan tossed a box of popcorn on Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook as he walked through a tunnel at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last week. A fan spit on Hawks guard Trae Young during the game.

Last week, the Wells Fargo Center. A fan spit on Hawks player Trae Young in Madison Square Garden. Tee Morant, the father of Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, said that numerous fans in Salt Lake City made racist and filthy remarks toward him and his wife when they were watching a game at Vivint Arena.

When the bottle was hurled, Irving and his teammate Tyler Johnson came to a halt and glanced up into the seats. Irving refused to elaborate on the back-and-forth.

“You’re seeing a lot of old ways come up,” Irving observed. “It’s been that way for a long time in terms of entertainment, performers, and sports, with just underlying racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo.” Throwing items at people and yelling things. There comes a point when it becomes excessive.”

This weekend marked Irving’s first appearance in front of fans at TD Garden since signing as a free agency with Brooklyn in 2019. Before the Nets headed to Boston, Irving, who spent two seasons with the Celtics, was asked how he believed the fans at TD Garden would react to him. Irving expressed his belief that the supporters will

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