A heated exchange between NBA star Kevin Durant and actor Michael Rapaport erupted into public view Tuesday after Rapaport posted screenshots of direct messages in which the Brooklyn Nets forward appeared to use homophobic, misogynistic language. and profane.
“I get threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think @ KDTrey5 would be among them”, Rapaport wrote Tuesday afternoon. “The same (snake emoji) is now threatening me, raising my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s love, right? #ImDaRealMVP ”.
In a private conversation that seems to go back to last year, the 11-time NBA All-Star attacked the 51-year-old actor and sports podcaster with a series of highly profane insults. Durant went on to ask for Rapaport’s address and challenged him to a fist fight on the streets of New York.
“Your wife doesn’t even respect your slutty ass,” Durant wrote.
According to the screenshots, the confrontation started when Rapaport criticized Durant post-game interview with TNT’s Charles Barkley after Brooklyn’s season-opening win over the Golden State Warriors in December.
Rapaport tweeted at the time: “KD seemed deeply in his feelings with the team (TNT) after the game. DAMN, he’s super sensitive to everything. Don’t do the interview. “
Durant responded by calling Rapaport a “bitch,” a “cunt,” a “pale, pasty bitch that swallows cum” and a “piece of shit,” before a series of insults directed at the actor’s wife.
Durant, 32, appeared to confirm the authenticity of the direct messages in a cheep Tuesday, then made a lukewarm attempt to defuse the situation in Rapaport’s Instagram comments, writing: “my bad I apologize.”
Durant could be subject to NBA discipline in light of the league’s precedent for punishing anti-gay rhetoric. The late Kobe bryant and LA Clippers guard Rajon Rondo were fined for using homophobic slurs.
Previously, Durant had been caught multiple times using primary and burner Twitter accounts to fend off criticism on the social media platform.
In 2017, shortly after joining the Golden State Warriors as a free agent, he responded to a fan who asked him for “a legitimate reason” for Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder. Writing in the third person, Durant responded by saying “he didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan” and that “his list wasn’t that good, it was just him and [Russell Westbrook]. “
Eagle-eyed users quickly noticed that the responses came from Durant’s verified feed and not, as was likely intended, from an anonymous recording account.
“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said Tuesday during a panel at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. “I think it’s a great way to interact with basketball fans. I took it a little too far. That’s what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, playing basketball.
“I don’t regret applauding anyone or talking to my fans on Twitter. I’m sorry I used the name of my former coach and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was bullshit, all those kinds of words. I apologize for that “.
In 2018, he didn’t even bother with a burner when he slapped teenage fan Kalyb Champion who posted a photo of Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis with the caption: “3 elite two-way players, but they don’t raise a team pretty much like LeBron and Steph due to their playmaking / leadership deficiencies. “
Durant was quick to comment on the thread, writing: “Wow, go sweep your bedroom, you don’t know anything. Stop tagging me in this garbage. “
Champion, then 17, wrote about the experience for The Guardian.
“I don’t have any negative feelings towards Durant,” Champion wrote. “I appreciate that you recognized what I have to say, but you didn’t like the way you managed to shoot me personally.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism