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Celtics fan suspended for two years after calling DeMarcus Cousins a racial slur

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The details of the January incident are just starting to come out.

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It’s been more than two months since the Golden State Warriors made their season’s lone visit to the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics. And details are just now emerging about some fan behavior during that game.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, a Celtics fan at that game directed a racial slur at DeMarcus Cousins. After Cousins alerted staff and security, the fan was banned through the 2019-20 season.

“During that game there was a fan who muttered the n-word at DeMarcus Cousins,” Haynes reported. “And I was told DeMarcus informed one of the team security guys, and they got ahold of the security team there at TD Garden, they took care of the fan. But I was told that ultimately that fan was banned for the rest of this season and next year. . . This has never been disclosed.”

The news of the racial slur towards a player is, of course, not particularly surprising. According to many players, it’s not exactly rare.

Still, the rest of the news is surprising. It’s very odd (read: disappointing) that the Celtics didn’t make this information public. Had they announced the fan’s suspension publicly, it would have helped send a message that the behavior is reprehensible.

And using horrendous, prejudiced language towards a player? Yeah, that deserves a much longer suspension than one-and-a-half seasons.