Kevin Durant Fined ,000 By NBA For “Derogatory Language” Used In Michael Rapaport Exchange


April 05, 2021

By Jay Ku

The NBA has fined professional basketball player Kevin Durant $50,000for using “offensive and derogatory on social media,” just days after the ‘Atypical’ star posted alleged screenshots of Durant’s verbal attacks.

Durant is facing repercussions for what fans have condemned as “homophobic” language.

Earlier this week, comedian Michael Rapaport shared screenshots of direct messages he allegedly received from Durant. He tweeted on Tuesday, March 30, “I received threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think @KDTrey5 would be among them.”

Rapaport continued, “The Snake himself is now threatening me, bringing u my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right?”

According to E Online, Durant posted a public apology Thursday April 1, saying, “I’m sorry that people seen that language I used… that’s not really what I want people to see and hear from me, but hopefully I can move past it and get back out there on the floor.”

While the wording and timing of the apology may sound insincere, NBA released a statement the following day on April 2, explaining that it was fining the Brooklyn Nets forward $50,000 “for using offensive and derogatory language on social media.” League Operations President Bryon Spruell also accompanied the NBA statement, saying “Durant has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate.”

The screenshots show Durant referring to Rapaport as a “bitch” and “piece of sh*t”, among other offensive words. The athlete also challenged him to a fight and demanded for his address.

Rapaport, 51, responded to the news of the fine, admitting on Friday that the situation had gotten “way out of hand”.

“I feel bad about it.” He added. “I feel bad about my involvement in the situation. I feel bad that it’s gotten this far. I met him one time, it was cool, cordial. I’m a fan. But I don’t consider him a friend. The way he was walking to me is not like a person who was a friend. I don’t speak to friends like that. I don’t banter with friends.”

“That’s not locker room talk. Those are threats. They were made over and over and over. You know, it’s been going on for months.”

Durant, 32, appeared to initially address the DMs in a tweet on March 30, writing, “Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular ad today he’s pissed… My bad mike, damn!!”

The feud seemed to begin in December 2020, when Rapaport tweeted, “KD seemed deeply in his feelings with the @NBAonTNT crew after the game. DAMNIT he’s super sensitive about everything. Don’t do the interview.”

Before the fine was issued, coach Steve Nash revealed there have been internal discussions about Durant’s misogynistic and profane comments on social media, according to an April 1 tweet from ESPN reporter Malika Andrews.