Jaylen Brown is one of the best players in the entire NBA.
The former No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics has partnered with Jayson Tatum to form one of the league’s most dynamic duos.
Brown was selected to the NBA All-Star game in two of the last three seasons and has developed into an elite two-way threat.
Jaylen Brown Speaks Out About ‘Extremely Toxic’ Celtics Fan Base
But it appears that’s not enough for some Celtics fans, and now the 26-year-old star is speaking out. He called out those fans in a recent interview with the New York Times.
“I have, but I pretty much block it all out. It’s not the whole Celtic fan base, but it is a part of the fan base that exists within the Celtic nation that is problematic. If you have a bad game, they tie it to your personal character.
I definitely think there’s a group or an amount within the Celtic nation that is extremely toxic and does not want to see athletes use their platform, or they just want you to play basketball and entertain and go home. And that’s a problem to me.” – Jaylen Brown when asked if he’s experienced different treatment as black athlete in Boston
Brown also stated that his experience in Boston is different depending on how he’s identifying at the time.
“There’s multiple experiences: as an athlete, as a basketball player, as a regular civilian, as somebody who’s trying to start a business, as someone who’s trying to do things in the community.
There’s not a lot of room for people of color, Black entrepreneurs, to come in and start a business.
I think that my experience there has been not as fluid as I thought it would be.”
Brown’s comments aren’t unique, either. LeBron previously called Celtics fans “racist as f***.” While Draymond Green also called out the fan base during the 2022 NBA Finals.