Celtics release statement on fan who was banned for using offensive language toward DeMarcus Cousins


On Thursday night, news broke via Yahoo Sports that a Celtics fan had been banned from TD Garden for two years for directing a racial slur at Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins during a game in January.

On Friday afternoon, the Celtics released a statement about the incident, their investigation into it, and the ensuing ban. They said that they were able to confirm that the fan, who was a minor, had been verbally abusive toward the Golden State bench, but that they were not able to verify the use of racist language.

The Celtics go on to say that in addition to the two-year ban, the fan is subject to lifetime probation. They also say that the punishment for any discriminatory language used at a Celtics home game is a lifetime ban.

Read the Celtics' full statement below:

"On January 26, we were alerted by DeMarcus Cousins that a fan had used racially offensive language towards him. Immediately upon receiving the complaint, the fan, who was a minor, was ejected. The following day, per our policy regarding any reported fan behavior complaint, the team initiated an exhaustive investigation of the incident that included reviewing video from multiple angles and identifying and interviewing numerous fans, security personnel, and police in the immediate vicinity.  

"In the course of this investigation, we were able to conclude that the fan had been verbally abusive toward the Golden State bench, but none of the interviewed parties were able to verify the use of racially offensive language, and video evidence proved inconclusive. Based on our investigation, the fan was issued a two-year ban from all Celtics games, and is also subject to lifetime probation pursuant to our policy. The punishment for any corroborated discriminatory language used towards any player, employee, or fan at a Celtics home game is a lifetime ban. 

"We were in contact with the Golden State Warriors through this process, sharing our action plan and the final discipline. We express the deepest regrets that this incident happened to DeMarcus, as such behavior violates everything the Boston Celtics have always stood for."