Chrismckradio 11:44 pm
A Boston Celtics fan was arrested for allegedly throwing a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets' star guard Kyrie Irving after the Nets defeated Boston on Sunday afternoon 141-126. Irving was walking back to the locker room where a bottle nearly hit his head.
Irving was upset about many fans being disrespectful to players.
" You can see that people just feel very entitled out here. They paid for their tickets, great, I'm grateful that they're coming in to watch a great performance, but we're not at the theatre. We're not throwing tomatoes and other random stuff at the people that are performing."
Boston police and security escorted the fan out of the arena and arrested him, he is facing a lifetime ban from coming back to watch Celtics games, according to sources.
Recently, there have been instances of players who were targeted by fans during games. In Philadelphia days ago, Washington Wizards's Russell Westbrook was hit by a carton of popcorn when he was walking back to the locker room. In New York, Atlanta Hawks's Trae Young was spit on by a Knicks fan at Madison Square Garden. In Utah, Tee Morant father of Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant were victims by several Utah Jazz fans who directed racial slurs towards him and his wife while attending the game at Vivint Arena.
Nets' star forward Kevin Durant has had enough of the disrespect from fans. He sent out a statement after his team victory on Sunday.
"Fans got to grow up at some point. I know that being in the house for a year and a half with the pandemic got a lot of people on edge, got a lot of people stressed out, but when you come to these games, you have to realize these men are human. We are not animals, we are not in the circus. You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan. So, have some respect for the game. Your mother wouldn't be proud of you throwing water bottles at basketball players or spitting on players or tossing popcorn. So grown the f--- up and enjoy the game. It's bigger than you."