Fan Accused Of Throwing Water Bottle At Kyrie Irving Identified, Charged

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The fan accused of throwing a water bottle at Kyrie Irving after Sunday night's game has been arrested.

Boston Police has identified the man as 21-year-old Cole Buckley of Braintree. Buckley is being charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

The alleged incident happened after last night's 141-126 Celtics-Nets blowout at T.D. Garden, as the Nets were walking off the court. Video shows a water bottle flying by Kyrie Irving's head.

The lead-up to the game had been contentious, with Irving saying he hoped the series in Boston wouldn't include any racism.

Celtics Point guard Marcus Smart said the fan who threw the bottle was just "one bad seed," and "doesn't mean that the whole fruit is poisoned."

It's only the latest incident in a series of bitter crowd-player interactions in the last week: Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook had popcorn dumped on him in Philadelphia, and Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young was spit on in New York, according to ESPN.

Buckley will be arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court. He also could be permanently banned from the Garden.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports:

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