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Boston Celtics Fan Arrested for Throwing Water Bottle at Nets’ Irving

Only a few days after a Philadelphia 76ers fan threw popcorn onto Russell Westbrook, the NBA witnessed yet another disheartening player-fan controversy.

As the Brooklyn Nets were heading down the tunnel to their locker room following a 141-126 dismantling of the Boston Celtics, a Celtics fan flung a water bottle at superstar point guard Kyrie Irving. Thankfully, the bottle did not hit Irving on his way to the locker room. The fan was immediately identified and arrested.

“You can see that people just feel very entitled out here,” said Irving about the incident. “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 theater. We’re not throwing tomatoes and other random stuff at the people that are performing.”

A TD Garden spokeperson said the fan was subject to a lifetime ban from the arena.

“I mean, fans have got to grow up at some point,” said Durant, who led all scorers with 41 points. “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’ve got to realize, man, these men are human, you know? We’re not animals. We’re not in a circus. You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan. So have some respect for the game and have some respect for these human beings and have some respect for yourself. Your mother wouldn’t be proud of you throwing water bottles at basketball players or spitting on players or tossing popcorn.

“So grow the f–k up and enjoy the game. It’s bigger than you.”

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the 21-year old fan faces assault and battery charges with a dangerous weapon, while a second fan faces assault and battery charges of a police officer.

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