Nets’ Kyrie Irving almost got hit by water bottle thrown from booths in Boston
Nets goalie Kyrie Irving had a bottle of water thrown from the stands at TD Garden in Boston after Brooklyn’s playoff win over the Celtics on Sunday night.
YES Network captured the moment: Irving was leaving the field with his teammates when the bottle landed in front of him.
“We keep saying things like ‘We are human, we are human’, but we are not treated like we have rights when we are sometimes there and people feel empowered to do something. things like that, ”Irving told reporters during his Zoom call after the game.
“We keep saying ‘we are human, we are human’, but we are not treated like we have rights when we are there and people feel empowered to do things like that.” – Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/LbSRU6zkHB
– Net Videos (@SNYNets) May 31, 2021
Later video (screenshot below) showed a Celtics fan being taken from the arena in handcuffs. It is not yet known whether this person threw the bottle away.
TD Garden reported that Boston Police arrested a “guest” at the arena for “throwing an object.” He also said the person was “subject to a lifetime ban” from the arena.
Here is a statement from TD Garden regarding the incident in which a fan threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving. pic.twitter.com/j2aYRVNwr1
– Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) May 31, 2021
Celtics fans are angry with Irving, among others, for leaving the team in 2019 after announcing the year before that he would re-sign with Boston. Irving stirred the pot earlier in the week in expressing hope that the Boston crowd would stick to basketball for Games 3 and 4 of the Nets-Celts series and not show “subtle racism.”
On Sunday, Irving took to center court after the Nets beat the Celtics 141-126 in Game 4 and then stomped on the Boston logo. Brooklyn took a 3-1 lead in the Top Seven series with the win. Game 5 is Tuesday in Brooklyn.
Sunday’s incident is the latest example of fans crossing the lines with players or their families in this year’s NBA playoffs:
– A 76ers fan in Philadelphia popcorn thrown at Wizards’ Russell Westbrook.
– A Knicks fan in New York spit on hawk guard Trae Young.
– Jazz lovers in Salt Lake City makes racist and vulgar comments to the family of Grizzlies Guard Ja Morant.
Each of these fans was identified and then banned from their respective arenas.
Irving reminded reporters that the issue of fan misconduct has been around for many years.
“A lot of older players have gone through it, and any great person, great artist, performer understands that when you achieve something bigger than yourself, you’re going to have a lot of adversity, animosity and you just have to understand. how to deal with it, ”he said.