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.
Boston Police say Cole Buckley, 21, of Braintree was arrested at TD Backyard after “a witness reported he threw a Dasani water bottle that grazed the pinnacle of Irving.”
Buckley is charged with assault and battery with a harmful weapon. He’ll be arraigned tomorrow in #Boston. #WCVB
— Jennifer Eagan (@Jennifer_Eagan) Might 31, 2021
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.
Wow, Boston Police aren’t taking the Kyrie Irving water bottle incident calmly. Assault & battery with a harmful weapon is a felony in Massachusetts. A conviction can result in a jail sentence of as much as 10 yrs. A plea deal can tremendously decrease the cost/sentence, however nonetheless. Wow. https://t.co/y5DcXhGrTe
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) Might 31, 2021
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.
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.”