Over the two weeks in the NBA Playoffs, the number of fans at games has increased more and more. With fans back in the stands, there has been several incidents of fans acting out towards the opposing teams players. In New York, a Knicks fan attempted to spit on Hawks guard Trae Young. In Philadelphia, a fan poured popcorn on Russell Westbrook as he limped back into the locker room. In Utah, fans called Memphis Grizzlies Dillion Brooks family “half breeds” among other things.
Last night, another incident happened at the Boston Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets. Former Celtic and current Net Kyrie Irving came out with a statement last week prior to game 3. Irving asked the fans to keep it basketball, and also asked the fans to not be belligerent and not to be racist during the games. After game 4 Sunday night, as the Nets were leaving the floor, a 21 year old Celtics fan hurled a plastic bottle directed at Irving, which fortunately missed by inches.
The fan was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a weapon. The fan was also banned for life from TD Garden.