WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former Boston Celtics players Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis criticized Kyrie Irving after he stomped on the Celtics logo ‘Lucky’ after Sunday’s game.
- After the stomping incident, a Celtics fan threw a water bottle at Irving, resulting in his arrest.
- Amid the latest series of rude fans behavior towards NBA players, Celtics star Kevin Durant urged the fans to “grow up.”
Amid the bigger news of a Boston Celtics’ fan throwing a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving — following Sunday’s loss against the Nets — former Celtics players Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis called out Irving’s “stomping” of the Celtics logo.
Garnett, who won a championship in Boston uniform in 2008 and played six seasons, posted his thoughts on his Instagram about his disgust at Irving’s action.
“We just gonna act like we didn’t see that,” the power forward star wrote. “The F*** is going on…. You can’t do that. That’s not cool on any level .. All of us need to be better frfr.”
Meanwhile, Davis, Garnett’s teammate during the 2008 championship line-up, also denounced Irving’s ‘stomping’ on Lucky (Celtics logo).
“Real bulls***,” Davis wrote. “Like I said you step on Lucky, you step on everybody that played for that team. Keep the s*** basketball before somebody gets hurt in real life.”
Davis’ statement “keep the s*** basketball” looked like a response to Irving’s comments before Sunday’s game. The superstar point guard, who previously played with the Celtics, said that he expects “racism” when he returns to play at the TD Garden.
Sunday’s game marked the first time that Irving played at the Garden since leaving the Celtics two years ago.
“Hopefully we can just keep it strictly basketball,” Irving told reporters. “There’s no belligerence or any racism going on — subtle racism and people yelling s*** from the crowd.”
After the game (and the stomping incident), a 21-year-old fan named Cole Buckley from Braintree, Massachusetts threw a beverage bottle as Irving was about to exit the court. Buckley was arrested with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
During their postgame interview, Irving and Nets teammate Kevin Durant addressed the incident. The Nets guard called the matter a byproduct of “underlying racism.”
As for Durant, he encouraged the fans to “grow up” amid the recent series of uncalled fan behaviors against NBA players.
“Fans gotta grow up at some point…When it comes to these games, you’ve got to realize these men are human. We’re not animals. We’re not in a circus…” Durant said.
“Have some respect for the game. Have some respect for human beings. And have some respect for yourself. Your mother wouldn’t be proud of you throwing water bottles at basketball players or spitting on players or tossing popcorn. Grow the f*** up and enjoy the game. It’s bigger than you,” he continued.