BOSTON (WPRI) – A University of Rhode Island student is accused of throwing a water bottle at NBA star Kyrie Irving during Sunday night’s matchup between the Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, according to court paperwork.
Cole Buckley, 21, of Braintree, Massachusetts, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly chucked a water bottle that grazed Irving’s head.
Buckley is scheduled to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday.
The incident occurred shortly after the Celtics fell to the Nets 141-126 in Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
A member of the TD Garden’s security staff said he witnessed Buckley “throw a Dasani water bottle that grazed the head of Irving.”
Buckley is also facing a potential lifetime ban from TD Garden, according to reports.
The felony charge comes with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a potential fine of $5,000.
URI spokesperson David Lavallee confirmed Buckley is a student at the university.
“The matter has been referred to the URI student conduct process,” Lavallee said in an email. “Which can result in sanctions ranging from a warning to suspension from the University.”