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

After Kevin Garnett [1] called 76ers fans “fair-weather” following a Celtics [2] victory on Monday night, a Philadelphia Inquirer sports writer responded by questioning Boston fans’ behavior toward black players [3].

The piece, by writer John Mitchell, who is black, mentioned incidents of Boston fans attacking Joel Ward and Celtics great Bill Russell [4] 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 [5] defenseman Joel Ward, a Black hockey player, last month after he eliminated Boston’€™s Bruins from the NHL [6] 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.