Kevin Garnett criticizes Kyrie Irving for stomping Celtics logo: ‘You can’t do that’

Kyrie Irving is facing yet more criticism for stomping on the Celtics’ halfcourt logo after their Game 4 victory on Sunday — this time from Basketball Hall of Famer and former Celtic Kevin Garnett.

A screengrab captured by Jay King, Celtics reporter for The Athletic, showed an Instagram story from Garnett criticising Irving for the action. Garnett played six seasons in Boston, from 2007-13, earning All-Star status five times for the Celtics and winning the 2008 NBA Finals in his first season there. Irving played in Boston for two seasons, from 2017-19.

“So nobody gonna say anything about stomping ‘LUCKY?'” the post reads. “We just gonna act like we didn’t see that.

“You can’t do that,” the post continued. “That’s not coo (sic) on no level. … All of us need to be better. …”

According to the screenshot, it appears Garnett posted at 12:15 p.m. ET on Monday. It’s uncertain whether he was aware at the time that a fan — who wore a Garnett jersey — had thrown a water battle at the Brooklyn star as he exited the arena. Below is the video of Irving stomping on the Celtics logo, known by fans as Lucky the Leprechaun:

Irving, who said he hoped to avoid any “subtle racism” as the series headed to Boston, sounded off after the fan — who has since been charged with assault and battery — threw the bottle at him.

“It’s unfortunate that sports has come to a lot of this kind of crossroads where you’re seeing a lot of old ways come up,” Irving told reporters after the game. “It’s been that way in history in terms of entertainment, performers and sports for a long period of time, just underlying racism and just treating people like they’re in a human zoo.”

The series heads back to Brooklyn on Tuesday. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Nets holding a commanding 3-1 lead.

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