A police report released Tuesday included new details about Sunday’s incident in which a Boston Celtics fan tossed a water bottle at the head of Kyrie Irving as he walked off the TD Garden court.
Cole Buckley made major headlines after he tossed the water bottle following the Nets dismantling of the Celtics. He was quickly identified and arrested.
The Boston Police Department has since released Buckley’s official mug shot.
Irving went off for 39 points and 11 assists as the Nets cruised to a 141-126 victory as they look to close out the series on Tuesday night.
“Fans gotta 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 gotta realize that these men are human. We’re not animals, we’re not in the circus,” Durant said per NetsDaily.
“You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan. So have some respect for the game, have some respect for these human beings, and have some respect for yourself. Your mother wouldn’t be proud of you for throwing water bottles at basketball players, spitting on players, or tossing popcorn. Grow the F—k up and enjoy the game. It’s bigger than you.”
“It’s really unacceptable,” Harden said of NBA fan’s recent behavior per NetsDaily. “These fans should come in and boo or cheer or do whatever they gotta do. Just throwing things and the disrespectful language, it’s ridiculous at this point. There’s something gotta be enforced with the NBA as far as fans — like, someone has to be made an example. I don’t think banning fans from the arena is enough because you see different arenas, fans continue to do it. So, something has to be put in place.”
Buckley is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
A police account of the incident released Tuesday reveals that the Dasani water bottle “grazed the head” of Irving.
“Towards the end of the game, the PC1 (Capt. Terenzi) called for Officer Rooney to assist with security to remove a fan,” the report reads. “The PC1 advised that security was off with a suspect that three a Dasani water bottle at the head of Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving. Upon arrival, Officer Rooney handcuffed and removed the suspect from the arena, while Capt. Terenzi spoke with the witnesses. A witness from TD Security (Jack McCorkle) advised that he witnessed the suspect (Cole Buckley) throw a Dasani Water bottle that grazed the head of Irving. The event was also witnessed by Brooklyn Nets Security (Fred Galloway). Security located the suspect who had thrown the water bottle as Brooklyn Nets players were exiting the court and headed into the locker room. The witness (McCorkle) stated there is a video of the incident.”