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Celtics wear jersey patches to honor Maine mass shooting victims, day after social media post sparked backlash

The Boston Celtics played their season opener on Friday, but the team did not receive any information before acknowledging the victims of this week’s mass shooting in Maine.

Before the home opener, Celtics players wore warm-up gear from the NBA’s G League affiliate, the Maine Celtics. Players wore bands on their jerseys during the game in honor of the state’s recovery after a shooting at a bowling alley and bar left 18 people dead and 13 injured.

The word “Maine” was displayed on the jersey band.

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The Boston Celtics held a moment of silence for the victims of the Lewiston, Maine, shooting incident before the NBA basketball team’s game against the Miami Heat on Friday, October 27, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Fans also observed a moment of silence before the game as a green and white image outlining the state was displayed on the jumbotron.

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The Celtics’ admission comes two days after the team came under heavy criticism for its social media posts in response to the mass shooting.

The Celtics posted a message on X (formerly known as Twitter) offering the organization’s “thoughts” to the city of Lewiston, according to screenshots that have been circulated on social media.

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Boston Celtics #0 Jayson Tatum walks among his teammates during team introductions before a game against the Miami Heat at TD Garden on October 27, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Schroeder/Getty Images)

The post also included a photo of All-Star forward Jayson Tatum and the final score from Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks.

The post no longer appears on the Celtics’ social media feeds as of Thursday.

Another post on the team’s social media page shares the same message without the offending graphic.

The Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 119-111 on Friday night, improving to 2-0 on the season.

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Boston has Saturday and Sunday off, but is scheduled to return Monday to face the Washington Wizards.

Paulina Dedaj of The Associated Press and FOX News contributed to this report.

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