Amid the growing issues of fans being unruly and disrespectful towards players during the NBA Playoffs, and as fans are being allowed back in attendance at games, one incident in particular has dominated headlines – a Boston Celtics fan throwing a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets superstar guard Kyrie Irving as the team exited the court and headed into the locker room.
Nets forward Kevin Durant discussed the incident on Sunday.
“Fans got to grow up at some point. I know that being in the house for a year and a half with the pandemic got a lot of people on edge, got a lot of people stressed out, but when you come to these games, you have to realize these men are human. We are not animals, we are not in the circus. You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan,” Durant said, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.
“You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan” he continued. ” So, have some respect for the game. 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. So grow the f**k up and enjoy the game. It’s bigger than you.”