BOSTON -- Jae Crowder wants to stay in Boston and wishes he didn’t get into a Twitter tiff over Celtics fans who cheered for Utah’s Gordon Hayward on Tuesday.
But that’s as far as he’ll go when it comes to regrets from the incident, which has dominated the sports talk landscape since then.
“I was a little angry after the game, obviously,” Crowder told reporters prior to Thursday’s practice. “I said what I had to say. I probably should have left it right there (in the locker room after the game); went on Twitter and said what I had to say and that’s one thing I regret, going back and forth with fans at the time. But it was how I was feeling at the time.”
During Crowder’s Twitter rant, he alluded to at one point being open to leaving Boston. On Thursday, he clarified his position on the matter.
“Obviously, I don’t want to leave Boston,” Crowder said. “I love it here. The fans have treated me great, no doubt about that. I still stand behind what I said about how I felt disrespected cheering for Gordon Hayward. I’ll live with that. I stand behind that 100 percent as a man.”
And while Hayward was the center of Crowder’s issue, he has had issues with fans cheering on potential free agents like Kevin Durant last year and possible players who may be on the move like Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins.
“I just remember when I got here a couple years ago and we were however many games below .500, the fans cheered for us,” Crowder said. “Not once did they cheer for another player when they came into town. Things have changed since then; I’m aware of that. But that’s never happened in an arena I’ve been in. It’s something different for me that … I don’t like when they cheer for DeMarcus Cousins. I don’t like when they cheer for Kevin Durant. I just don’t think they should do that.”