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Celtics Fan Justin Arnold Releases Statement After Ban for Throwing Drink

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2020

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: The Celtics logo is seen on the court during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Elise/Getty Images)
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Justin Arnold, the 22-year-old fan who threw a drink that landed near the San Antonio Spurs' bench during their Wednesday game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, issued a statement apologizing to the Celtics and taking full responsibility for his actions.

"I’m sorry to the Boston Celtics organization and TD Garden for what I did," he said, per WEEI. "It was unacceptable and I take full responsibility. I’ll never stop loving Boston."

Arnold's statement comes after TD Garden spokesperson Tricia McCorkle issued a statement saying Arnold was banned from the stadium for life, per John Karalis of MassLive:

"Last night, after throwing a can onto the court during a Celtics game, a guest was ejected from TD Garden. The guest was arrested by Boston Police and is currently facing criminal charges. This act is a serious violation of our guest code of conduct and as a result the guest will be banned from all future events at TD Garden, for life."

The incident was part of an emotional game that saw the Spurs win 129-114 behind 30 points from DeMar DeRozan.

While San Antonio was in control for much of the contest, Boston had some momentum during a comeback effort until Kemba Walker was ejected for receiving two technical fouls in a matter of a few seconds.

Arnold threw the drink in the same time period, causing a delay. 

Nicole Yang of Boston.com reported Arnold was arrested and charged with disturbing a public assembly.

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