An ugly year of racist interactions between NBA fans and players has made its way to Boston, according to Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Just weeks after an incident between Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan, a source has told Haynes that a fan in Boston muttered a racial slur at the Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins during the Jan. 26 game between the Celtics and Warriors at TD Garden earlier this season.
Yahoo Sources: A fan in Boston banned two years for muttering n***** at DeMarcus Cousins during Golden State’s only visit to TD Garden. More details in video link provided. https://t.co/xWpgFu0amH pic.twitter.com/JbtFOt3scZ— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 29, 2019
Per Haynes, Cousins promptly alerted TD Garden Arena security. But unlike the Jazz fan who received a lifetime ban for his hateful language against Westbrook, the fan involved in the incident was banned from C’s games for just the remainder of the 2018-19 season and all of next season, according to Haynes.
The story comes to to light after Cousins opened up to Haynes about the inexcusable racist taunts he’s experience on the road throughout his career.
“Oh, I’ve been called n—–,” Cousins told Haynes on Monday. “And it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back and I was still punished for it.”
Later in that story, Cousins refuses to name any one city in particular, as he didn’t want to label any one city or fanbase.
“I don’t really want to [name cities or teams], because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base,” Cousins told Haynes. “There are ignorant individuals in every city.
“I’ll just put it like that.”
This is unfortunately not the first time Boston has been in the news for this behavior in recent seasons, either, as then-Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was heckled with racist jeers in May 2017.
The fallout of that incident prompted all the pro sports teams in Boston to join together for a Take The Lead PSA that regularly airs at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and TD Garden before games.