Jae Crowder on Celtics fans cheering Gordon Hayward: “Sign of disrespect to me”


While the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, 115-104, Jae Crowder was a bit upset with some of the folks who came to TD Garden. During pregame warmups, some Boston fans wound up cheering for Utah’s Gordon Hayward.

That didn’t sit right with Crowder, who took to social media to lodge his complaints.

Via Twitter:

After the game Crowder said he felt slighted by the fans who cheered for Hayward. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens coached Hayward in college at Butler, and there has been trade rumblings with some fans coveting a reuniting of the pair in Boston.

From MassLive:

Crowder expanded in the locker room, saying, “I heard the cheering before the game. I didn’t like that at all. I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me.”

It’s not the first time Crowder has shown displeasure to someone looking ahead at the Celtics’ free-agent possibilities. Over the summer, the Celtics forward replied to a CSNNE story about five potential free-agent targets — including Hayward — with a series of sleeping-face emojis.

Crowder then took things a step further, and according to CSNNE he even said he had no problem leaving Boston, and even retweeted a fan who asked him to return to the Dallas Mavericks.