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.