Celtics issue lifetime ban to fan who threw drink onto court near Spurs bench

Celtics coach Brad Stevens
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Celtics coach Brad Stevens called for a lifetime ban from all NBA arenas for the fan who threw a drink onto the court near the Spurs bench last night in Boston.

The Celtics at least are following through.

Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe:

That was swift. The fan was clearly wrong, and harsh punishment for an obvious misdeed usually generates favorable public response.

But I’m unconvinced a lifetime ban is absolutely right. Maybe there’s more context to justify it. But I’d generally rather allow for the possibility of contrition and earned redemption.

The fan faces bigger problems than not attending future Celtics and Bruins games, though.

Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe:

He clearly threw the wrong hard seltzer to get away with this. As everyone knows, “Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws.”