Celtics' Danny Ainge 'never heard' racism claim from Kyrie Irving before

Danny Ainge, die Celtics se hoofbestuurder en president van basketbalbedrywighede wat meer as sewe jaar in Boston gespeel het, het Donderdag gesê hy het nooit enige bewerings oor rassisme van 'n Celtics-speler gehoor nie.

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I think that we take those kind of things seriously,” Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “I never heard any of that, from any player that I’ve ever played with in my 26 jare in Boston. I never heard that before from Kyrie and I talked to him quite a bit.

Ainge must’ve missed the CelticsMarcus Smart’s comments in The Players’ Tribune in 2020.

Smart wrote about a particular incidentthat stuck with me the most.He said he was called the N-word by a woman who was wearing a Celtics jersey.

Smart added Thursday he did hear racist comments coming from fans at TD Garden.

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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,” het hy aan verslaggewers gesê, via Yahoo Sports.

Irving made the initial remarks after the Nets’ Game 2 wen. Irving played two years in Boston and has primarily played in the Eastern Conference during his career.

So I’m just looking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully we can just keep it strictly basketball, there’s no belligerence or any racism going on, subtle racism and people yelling (dinge) from the crowd,” hy het gesê. “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.

Associated Press het bygedra tot hierdie verslag.

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