Brad Stevens jokingly addressed his profane hot-mic comments during Raptors loss

"That's the first time I've ever said that."

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Brad Stevens during the first half of a game last week against the Milwaukee Bucks. –Aaron Gash / AP

Celtics coach Brad Stevens can at least still joke amid his team’s recent struggles.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever said that,” Stevens said during an interview Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub, when asked about the F-bomb he dropped during the Celtics’ nationally televised loss Tuesday night the to Toronto Raptors.

“Except every minute of the last two weeks,” he added, alluding to his team’s five losses in their past seven games.

The betrayal of the Indiana-bred coach’s purported Midwestern wholesomeness came after a technical foul was called on Jayson Tatum, punctuating a second quarter in which the Celtics were outscored 36-13.

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“Oh, everybody saw it. F***. Who cares?” Stevens yelled at official J.T. Orr, which picked up clearly on the TV broadcast.

When the team returned to the court for the second half, Stevens said that former Celtics player and NBC Sports Boston commentator Brian Salabrine took off his headset and reminded him about the microphones.

“I’m steaming as it is,” Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “He goes, ‘Hey watch your mouth, those mics are on right there.’ And I look down the court and there’s seven mics. Thanks a lot, Scal. Maybe tell me in the first quarter before I lose my mind.”

The 37-24 Celtics have another nationally televised game Wednesday night back in Boston against the Portland Trail Blazers. And hopefully, Stevens is now aware of where the on-court mics are located.

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