A person at Sunday’s Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game threw a plastic water bottle at the Nets' Kyrie Irving as players left the floor after the Nets’ 121-98 victory in Boston.
The Nets’ TV broadcast partner, YES Network, captured the incident, which is the fourth time in the past week that a fan at an NBA playoff game has displayed unacceptable behavior.
"It’s unfortunate that sports has come to a lot of this kind of crossroad where you’re seeing a lot of old ways come up," Irving said. "It’s been that way in history in terms of entertainment and performers and sports for a long period of time. It’s just underlying racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo – throwing stuff at people, saying things. There’s a certain point where it gets to be too much.”
The fan was detained by Boston Police Department officers.
Water bottle nearly hits Kyrie Irving as he walks to the locker room following Game 4 in Boston. pic.twitter.com/RrtZth3cqt
“Fans have got to grow up at some point,” Nets star Kevin Durant said.
Irving scored 39 points on 11-for-24 shooting, including 6-for-12 on 3-pointers.
Before the best-of-seven series headed to Boston for Games 3 and 4, Irving said, “Hopefully we can just keep it strictly basketball (and) there’s no belligerence or any racism going on, or subtle racism (or) people yelling (expletive) from the crowd.”
Irving played for the Celtics in 2017-18 and 2018-2019 and signed with the Nets during free agency in the summer of 2019.
The Nets have a 3-1 series lead.
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