By Jessica Camerato
Bill Russell and Ray Allen will speak on Wednesday afternoon during President Obama's visit to Boston for a fundraiser at the Cyclorama, according to the Boston Globe.
This February, Obama presented Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.
"Bill Russell, the man, is someone who stood up for the rights and dignity of all men," he said.
The following month, the President met with Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Head Coach Doc Rivers while in Boston for a Democratic fundraising event at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Following their meeting, Allen, who had met with former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in the past, said he was humbled."
I was amused he knew who I was, Allen said. You figure hes got bigger fish to fry, but hes following what we do.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”