Report: Celtics Fan Banned for Calling Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins N-Word

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 29, 2019

Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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A Boston Celtics fan has been banned from attending games at TD Garden through the end of the 2019-20 season for directing a racial slur at Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins

Per Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, a fan called Cousins the N-word during the Warriors' Jan. 26 game in Boston and was subsequently banned from Celtics games for the remainder of this season and all of next season. 

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

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 https://t.co/JbtFOt3scZ

The situation with Cousins has been made public two weeks after a second high-profile fan incident involving Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook

Two Utah Jazz fans were issued lifetime bans from Vivint Smart Home Arena for directing racist language at Westbrook. The first incident occurred during last year's postseason when a fan called the former NBA MVP "boy" prior to Game 4 of a Western Conference first-round series, per Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News

The most recent incident took place March 11 after Westbrook was seen yelling at a Jazz fan in the stands at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The team announced the fan's permanent ban when an investigation found 
"excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player."

The Jan. 26 game was Golden State's only visit to Boston this season.