Brooklyn Nets’ Irving calls NBA arenas ‘a human zoo’ as fan is arrested for throwing a bottle at him
Brooklyn Nets warden Kyrie Irving calls NBA arenas’ a human zoo ‘when fan is arrested for throwing a water bottle at his head at the end of playoff game against Boston Celtics – and the fan’ will be banned for life’
- Brooklyn Nets defeated Boston Celtics 141-126 in the first round playoff on Sunday zondag
- Kyrie Irving scored 39 points, but was inches away from being hit by a water bottle
- One fan threw it out of the crowd, was later arrested and now faces a lifelong ban
- Irving has complained about fan behavior in NBA arenas
Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving said NBA arenas had become like “human zoos” after a fan was arrested for throwing a water bottle at the former Celtic guard on Sunday.
Video posted to social media showed the bottle narrowly missing Irving, who scored 39 points in Game 4 as the Nets defeated the Celtics 141-126 to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first round playoff -series.
The athletic reported the fan could be banned from Boston’s TD Garden for life. After the loss, Celtics supporters seemed further angry about Irving’s decision to drag his foot across the team’s logo in midfield.
A fan threw a bottle to Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (above) after the collision with the Boston Celtics
The fan was spotted by security and taken away in handcuffs, and could be banned for life
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving scrapes his foot over the Boston Celtics logo in mid-court after beating the Celtics in Game 4 during an NBA basketball first-round playoff series
“It’s a shame that sport has come to this crossroads where a lot of old ways are emerging,” said Irving, who played for the Celtics from 2017/19, after the game.
“It’s been like this for a long time for entertainment with underlying racism and treating people like they are in a human zoo.”
Fan behavior has been a problem for the NBA of late, with five spectators hit last week with indefinite bans for “totally unacceptable” behavior towards players and their families in separate incidents.
The Nets guard has spoken out about fans’ treatment of NBA players in the arenas
Irving scored 39 points against his old team before the evening turned sour when he walked away
Nets forward Kevin Durant said fans should “grow up.”
“Fans have to grow up at some point,” Durant said. ‘I know that being in the house for a year and a half with the pandemic has put many people on edge, made many people stressed. But when you come to these games, you have to realize: these men are people. We are not animals. We are not in the circus.
When you come to the game, it’s not just about you as a fan. So have some respect for the game. Have some respect for people. And have some respect for yourself. Your mom wouldn’t be proud if you throw water bottles at basketball players, spit on players, or throw popcorn. So let the (expletiveness) grow and enjoy the game, ‘he said. “It’s bigger than you.”