A Boston Celtics fan was arrested Sunday for allegedly throwing a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving's head.
The incident occurred when Irving was leaving the court after helping the Nets to a 141-126 victory over the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, Police Sgt. Detective John Boyle said. Boyle said Irving Dasani nearly collided with the water bottle that had grabbed his head.
Cole Buckley, a 21-year-old fan from Braintree, Massachusetts, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and battery, officials said. Information about a lawyer representing him was not immediately available.
After the game, Irving told reporters it was "unfortunate" how many similar incidents have occurred since the NBA playoffs began this month.
"It's been like that in history for a long time in terms of entertainment, artists and sports, just with inherent racism and treating people like they're in a human zoo - throwing stuff at people and talking things up," he said. "We're not in the theater. We're not throwing tomatoes and other random stuff at the people who are performing."
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A spokesperson for TD Garden said in a statement: "We have zero tolerance for violations of our Guest Code of Conduct, and Guest is subject to a lifetime ban from TD Garden."Public colleges in most states use debt collectors, piling costs onto students' debtsA TD Garden spokesperson said in a statement: "We have zero tolerance for violations of our guest code of conduct, and the guest is subject to a lifetime ban from TD Garden."
On Thursday, the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers each banned a fan for actions directed at players on opposing teams, NBC New York reported. A Knicks fan who was accused of spitting on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was banned from Madison Square Garden, and a 76ers fan was banned from the arena after being accused of throwing popcorn at Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook.We're not throwing tomatoes.
"Hopefully people learn their lessons from being banned for how many years, from being arrested," Irving said.