Celtic Marcus Smart backs Kyrie Irving, says Boston fans have made racist comments

Celtics president Danny Ainge responded by saying that he never heard that from any player during his 26 years in Boston. 然而, current Celtics player Marcus Smart added his thoughts to the matter, and he backed his former teammate.

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“是啊, I’ve heard it,” Smart said in regards to hearing racist comments from fans at TD Garden. “I’ve heard a couple of things. It’s hard to hear that and then have them support us as players. It’s kind of sad and sickening.

Smart also discussed the two incidents that took place in Philadelphia and New York on Wednesday night.

A Sixers fan had his season tickets revoked and he was suspended from attending any events at the Wells Fargo Center after he dumped popcorn on 华盛顿奇才队 point guard Russell Westbrook during their game, 和一个 Knicks fan was banned after he spat on 亚特兰大老鹰队 guard Trae Young. at Madison Square Garden.

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星期二, Irving was asked Tuesday night after the Nets’ Game 2 win what he expected in his latest return to TD Garden and in a heightened atmosphere. Irving also noted that it wasn’t his first time back playing in Boston against the Celtics, but he said that he waslooking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully we can just keep it strictly basketball.

“[希望] there’s no belligerence or any racism going on, subtle racism and people yelling (stuff) from the crowd,” Irving said. “But even if it is, it’s part of the nature of the game and we’re just going to focus on what we can control.

He was then asked whether he experienced something like that before.

I’m not the only one that could attest to this, but it is what it is. The whole world knows,” 他加了.

Irving played for the Celtics from 2017 至 2019. 游戏 3 is set for Friday at 8:30 下午. 和.

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