Boston Celtics fans can meet NBA players in Finals

My first UC basketball game was fun. In November 2002, we were playing in front of a nearly empty arena at Cleveland State University. Since no one was present, every word on the field could be heard clearly. One of them sat behind our bench and scolded us all night. That’s not bad, though, because he’s terribly smart.

“What the hell is American Studies, and why are you eight majoring in it?!”

We were dying laughing. Everything he said was true, insulting, funny. We still won, and my teammate AJ Diggs matched Jason Kidd’s school steals record in the process. My takeaway is that fans can be amazing or blame or rude and it doesn’t affect anything about us as athletes.

But later in my career, especially when I became a pro, the conversation took a turn for the worse. I’m starting to realize that at the highest level, people are less creative and more jerks. People will say “You suck!” faster than anything else. It has never affected my performance and I am sure it has not affected many others throughout history. But Boston and a few other cities have earned a reputation for fan performances and athletes as circus clowns.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted Wednesday night that most athletes know two things about Boston fans. There is no limit to the depth of their insults. And it doesn’t affect performance as much as one might think. “We’ve played in front of rude people before, dropping F-bombs in the crowd,” he said. “True elegance. Well done, Boston.”

Of course, this will appeal to Boston faithful who are tired of being called racist and rude. They were wrong, but that didn’t stop people like Al’s sister Anna Horford, from twitter “Passion is everywhere. Vulgarity is everywhere.” And she was wrong.

Vulgarity is everywhere, of course. I think the F bomb is better than the N bomb. But over the years, player after player has publicly stated that Boston fans are horrible at best and racist at worst. For a city with about a quarter of the black population, it’s crazy that I have so many conversations with black people and athletes about racism and rudeness in the city.

Well, after Kyrie Irving said Boston fans showed “subtle racism,” it was even crazier that Chris Mannix would write this in Sports Illustrated last year:

“I admit — it’s personal to me. I know the history of Boston. But I also believe that racism, like so many things, is passed down from generation to generation. The prejudice of the 1950s cannot simply be transferred to living in the present day. on the millions of people there.”

This is Boston’s blind spot: They spend so much time on defense that they don’t listen. White writers write about racism as if they even know what it really is. People have an idea in their minds of a city that is blatantly cruel and racist, possibly an imaginary city in the Deep South. (The South is a lot more “subtle” than you might think.) Racism and dehumanization are more felt in cities, major cities, with rowdy privileged people.

Maybe Anna Horford should ask Irving about the Boston fans. Or maybe PK Subban. I bet she didn’t know the then-Canadians defender got racist abuse from Boston fans after scoring the winning goal in 2014.


– that stupid n***** doesn’t belong in hockey #whitesonly

— F*** you N***** SUBBAN you belong to the AF***** hole not the rink

— PK Subban = F****** N*****

— F*** PK Subban. damn it* *****.hope he gets sold

— subban is a ***** definition

— Someone needs to tap PK subban on his big lips. #scumbag

— SUBBAN is AF***** porch M*****

– F*** that stupid m***** #subban

— F*** you subban you f****** lucky ass n*****!

— Once again, Subban is no longer a *****

Even Celtics point guard Marcus Smart admitted he hasn’t forgotten his hometown fans.

“It’s kind of sad and disgusting,” Smart said last year when the Celtics played against the Nets in the playoffs. “Even though it’s an opposing team, we have some people in your home team saying you’re talking about these racial slurs and you wish we were here to play for you. It’s hard.”

Boston isn’t the only place with racist or s-tty fans, but they’re definitely happy with themselves. Earlier this week, a Boston native said on my Facebook that the Celtics have the most creative fans when it comes to taunting other teams. Do they have? Is “FK YOU DRAYMOND” that smart?

If you’re under 35, you’ve probably never heard of the 1996 Damon Wayans movie Celtic Pride. If you’re my age, though, you might remember Wayans as Lewis Scott, a fictional Utah Jazz shooting guard who is killed by two Celtics fans (Dan Ike) during the NBA Finals. Lloyd and Daniel Stern) kidnapped. It’s a fun movie that portrays Celtics fans as the most dynamic people in the league, but the best they can think of in the writing of Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn The questions were “Jazz sucks” and “I heard Manutepol is beating your mom!”

If it’s accurate, those fans will probably yell the N-word at Waynes during the game. If it’s accurate, fans holding children would scream F-bombs at the top of their lungs and harass players in seemingly inhumane ways. In real life, the collective intelligence of Boston fans isn’t enough to come up with an offensive insult. They don’t know that we all attend American studies. They just say the most insulting thing they can think of.

But again, this inhumane act is something to be proud of. The movie isn’t called “Shame on the Celts.” In my experience, fans at that level prefer to upset their opponents rather than disrupt them. Nothing fans can say would make me a worse basketball player. However, there are hundreds of things that make me react as a man, and fans were never prepared for that reality.

In “Celtic Pride,” the more they confronted Damon Wayans’ character, the better he did; that’s a reality the movie emphasizes. So why up the stakes on racism and hateful behavior? I think it’s because…they can. Where else could they publicly take this stuff out? When else can someone yell “FK YOU” at a complete stranger without any consequences? Where else can you yell “niggers” at a group of young successful black people without any consequences? It’s not about basketball, it’s an act of bizarrely satisfying someone with a deep-seated hatred. Maybe something went wrong with their days, or maybe they’ve always thought of themselves as a superior race. Regardless, the game of basketball is an acceptable way to unleash all of that. Win or lose, be damned, they have to speak their minds. They have to feel a sense of control and superiority over these people, or they will surely never be able to.

We athletes often think it’s pointless to joke about not being smart. We laughed it off because we had to – we had a lot to lose. Fans know this and take advantage of it; the only thing that has changed recently is that athletes are starting to let fans know we’ve had enough and they’ve gotten worse. lazy. hateful. full of malice. racist. It’s all good. Look at the DVD cover for “Celtic Pride” again. Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern were celebrating their team with a burly black man sitting in front of them. Well, this is Boston. you understood.

We are the ones who sign the contracts; the athletes are the ones who will lose something. If we interact with someone who yells “I fuck your wife” in front of my kids, or repeatedly calls you a bitch because he wants a free Frosty, we’re the ones making the news. Fans have been protected for far too long, and Boston fans, for whatever reason, are inhumanly disrespectful league leaders.

Clay was right. He’s as right as Kyrie, Westbrook and Bill Russell. Boston has a great team with a lot of people who reject too much bullshit, but its fan base also has a lot of people who reject humanity.

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