Kevin Durant apologized Thursday for threatening and profane comments he made to entertainer Michael Rapaport through social media.
Rapaport released images of the private messages Tuesday on his Twitter account, and they included homophobic and misogynistic language from the Brooklyn Nets star.
“I’m sorry that people seen the language that I used,” Durant said. “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 on the floor.”
The NBA hasn’t weighed in yet on Durant’s comments and whether he would be fined. Previamente, the league has punished anti-gay rhetoric from its players: the late Kobe Bryant and LA Clippers guard Rajon Rondo were both fined for using homophobic slurs.
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said the team has discussed the remarks but would keep the conversation internal.
In a private conversation which appears to date back to last year, the 11-time All-Star attacked the 51-year-old actor and sports podcaster with a flurry of highly profane insults. Durant went on to challenge Rapaport to a fistfight on the streets on New York City before asking for his home address.
Durant went on to call Rapaport a “bitch”, a “pussy”, a “pale pasty cum guzzling bitch” and a “piece of shit”, followed by a series of insults invoking the actor’s wife.
The two-time NBA champion appeared to confirm the authenticity of the direct messages in a Pío el martes, then made a tepid attempt to defuse the situation in Rapaport’s Instagram comments, writing: “my bad I apologize”.
Durant is nearing a return from a left hamstring strain that has sidelined him since mid-February. He could be back sometime next week.
He and the Nets thought the injury was minor when he missed his first game on 15 February in Sacramento. But a subsequent exam showed it to be more serious.
"Entonces, one of those things where I’m not feeling a ton of pain, but it’s just like you don’t want to force one of these injuries, go out there and make it worse,” Durant said.
“In my mind I’m just like, ‘I can play,’ but then it’s also like you’ve got to be smart and cautious with this type of injury. So just try to be patient with it all and just rehab as hard as I can, and I’ve been through this situation before so I just try to take myself back to that place.”
Durant sat out the entire 2019-20 estación, his first in Brooklyn, after rupturing his Achilles tendon playing for Golden State in the 2019 NBA finals.
Él, Kyrie Irving and James Harden have been able to play just seven times together since the Nets acquired Harden in January, but the team has rolled to first place in the Eastern Conference while Durant sits.
“I was playing solid before I got injured and feel like we were just starting to figure each other out, Jaime, Kyrie and myself, and different lineups out there on the floor,” Durant said.
“I felt like we were starting to gain our rhythm and even though I was out a week before that with (health and safety) protocols, I felt like our team was gaining more chemistry then and that’s more so what I care about. How I play, I’ll figure that out over time whenever I get out there.”
Durant has missed Brooklyn’s past 21 juegos. He is averaging 29.0 puntos, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists this year.