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Following The Nets' Win Over The Celtics, Kyrie Irving Became The Latest Victim Of Obnoxious Fan Behavior.
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Following The Nets' Win Over The Celtics, Kyrie Irving Became The Latest Victim Of Obnoxious Fan Behavior.


On Sunday, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving came dangerously close to being hit by a water bottle thrown by a Celtics fan in Boston, the latest incident of abusive spectator behavior during the NBA playoffs.

Irving claimed that fans were "treating people like they were in a human zoo," implying "underlying racism."

According to ESPN, he stated, "There comes a point where it's just too much."

The bottle was thrown at Irving as he and his teammates exited the court after their 141-126 victory over the Celtics to take a three-game lead.

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According to reports, a man wearing a Celtics jersey was escorted up the arena steps by police, and he was arrested and faces a lifetime ban from the NBA team's home arena.

“We are not animals. We are not in the circus,” Nets teammate Kevin Durant said after the game. “You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan, so have some respect for the game, some respect for human beings, and some respect for yourself.”

Irving, a former Boston Bruins player, is the latest victim of inappropriate fan behavior as more people return to the stands as pandemic restrictions loosen.

Last week, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook was showered with popcorn in Philadelphia on the same day Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was spit on at New York's Madison Square Garden, and fans made racist and vulgar remarks toward Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant's father during a game in Utah, and the fans were banned indefinitely.

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