Kevin Durant broke his silence.
After a private feud between Brooklyn’s superstar forward and actor Michael Rapaport went public then viral, a back-and-forth that featured some seriously ugly language from KD, Durant spoke to reporters prior to the start of Brooklyn’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. He apologized for the language which had been seen as homophobic and misogynist.
“I’m sorry that people seen that language that I used. That’s not really what I want people to see and hear from me,” said Durant. “Hopefully I can move past it and get back out on the floor.”
Here’s a recap of the feud from Rapoport. in case you missed it. As a heads up, most of these messages are NSFW.
I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think @KDTrey5 would be among them. The himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right? #ImDaRealMVP pic.twitter.com/l1VQfGMMRF— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) March 30, 2021
This is a perfect example of how it started vs how it ended @KDTrey5 pic.twitter.com/RzVu2Akxw7— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) March 31, 2021
His head coach, Steve Nash, was also questioned on the matter. Though Nash did mention the conversation between Rapaport and Durant was “private,” he told reporters that the Nets and KD had :internal discussions” about the controversy. Those conversations, as Nash put it, were going to be kept internal within the Nets organization.
Durant is expected to be back on the floor sooner than later, though no date has been put on his return. According to Nash, he’ll be out for at least the next two games –– an away game on Sunday, April 3, against the Chicago Bulls and a home game against the New York Knicks on Monday, April 4.
Thus far, the NBA has yet to put out a statement of any kind about Durant’s comments.
- Kevin Durant offers short apology for foul-mouthed DMs ahead of return - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets’ Kevin Durant ‘sorry’ public saw language he used against Michael Rapaport - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Kevin Durant addresses exchange with Michael Rapaport: I’m sorry people saw that language - Malika Andrews - ESPN