UPDATE: Fan who threw can of alcoholic beverage toward Spurs bench gets lifetime ban

Image of the Spurs-Celtics game on Jan. 8, 2020. (Image via Fox Sports Southwest broadcast)
Image of the Spurs-Celtics game on Jan. 8, 2020. (Image via Fox Sports Southwest broadcast) (KSAT)

BOSTON – UPDATE: A TD Garden official tells KSAT-12 that the fan who threw a can toward the Spurs bench has been banned from attending all events at the arena for life. The full statement is below:

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 official also clarified that it was a can of alcoholic spiked seltzer and not a beer as had been previously reported.


The Spurs won a big game in Boston on Wednesday night, but it was marred by an ugly moment in the third quarter.

A fan threw what appeared to be a full can of beer toward the Spurs bench after Celtics guard Kemba Walker was ejected.

Video showed the can fly over the heads of several Spurs players and land at their feet.

Beer was spilled on the court and the game was delayed as crews cleaned the floor. The can did not hit any players or coaches.

According to WCVB-TV in Boston, the fan was ejected from the arena and later arrested.

The fan was identified as 22-year-old Justin Arnold. He was charged with disturbing a public assembly, according to reports.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens apologized to the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich for the fan’s behavior after the game.

Stevens added that he felt the fan should not be “allowed in an NBA arena again.”

The Spurs beat the Celtics 129-114.

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