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Philly writer points to Boston fans’ bigotry in response to Kevin Garnett

05.23.12 at 10:16 am ET
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After Kevin Garnett called 76ers fans “fair-weather” following a Celtics victory on Monday night, a Philadelphia Inquirer sports writer responded by questioning Boston fans’ behavior toward black players.

The piece, by writer John Mitchell, who is black, mentioned incidents of Boston fans attacking Joel Ward and Celtics great Bill Russell as evidence for the observations, saying it’s better to be a fair-weather fan than a bigoted one.

Wrote Mitchell: You think we’re the fair weather type, do you? Ok, to that I say that it’s better to be fair weather than to be anything remotely akin the cretins that unleashed their racist vitriol via Twitter upon Washington Capitals defenseman Joel Ward, a Black hockey player, last month after he eliminated Boston’s Bruins from the NHL playoffs with an overtime goal.

Added Mitchell: So my advice to you, KG, is that you’re better off winning this series, the next one and then the next. Because if you let those stalwart fans down, who knows what they’ll unleash on you. We do know what they are capable of.

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