Celtics fan charged with felony assault and battery in Kyrie Irving water bottle incident

A Celtics fan has discovered himself in authorized hassle after he allegedly threw a water bottle at Nets star Kyrie Irving.

Cole Buckley, a 21-year-old Braintree native, was arrested shortly after the incident on the TD Backyard occurred and charged Monday with “assault and battery with a harmful weapon.” He can be arraigned on Friday and can also be dealing with a lifetime ban from the world.

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And as regulation professor Michael McCann detailed on Twitter, the felony cost will carry critical penalties for Buckley, although he may take a plea deal to decrease the cost/sentence.

It is unclear precisely what’s going to occur with Buckley pending his arraignment Tuesday. However it’s an essential outcome for the NBA amid a rash of participant/fan incidents in current weeks. Buckley’s arrest and the ban of followers which have dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook, spat on Trae Younger and hurled racist and vulgar feedback on the household of Ja Morant may assist deter additional outbursts of poor fan conduct throughout NBA playoff video games, which has drawn crucial remarks from gamers over the previous week.

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Most notably, Kevin Durant mentioned followers have to “develop the f— up,” talking about Buckley and the rash of different incidents across the league.

“Followers acquired to develop up in some unspecified time in the future,” Durant mentioned after Sunday’s recreation. “I do know that being in the home for a yr and a half with the pandemic acquired lots of people on edge, acquired lots of people wired, however whenever you come to those video games, you need to notice these males are human.

“We aren’t animals; we aren’t within the circus. You coming to the sport shouldn’t be all about you as a fan. So, have some respect for the sport. Have some respect for human beings, and have some respect for your self. Your mom would not be pleased with you throwing water bottles at basketball gamers or spitting on gamers or tossing popcorn. So, develop the f— up, and benefit from the recreation. It is greater than you.”

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