Thunder fan petition: Change town’s name from Durant to Westbrook
An Oklahoma City Thunder fan evidently left extremely disgruntled over Kevin Durant spurning his beloved NBA team to join the Golden State Warriors has started a petition with the goal of wiping the name “Durant” off the map in Oklahoma. Literally.
Ryan Nazari, of Edmond, Okla., recently created a petition on Change.org in which he argues that the town of Durant, Okla., should have its name permanently changed to Westbrook, Okla., in honor of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. The fact that Nazari launched the petition over a month after Durant’s departure certainly demonstrates he’s still pretty bent out of shape about it.
The petition reads as follows:
Ladies and gentlemen, the great state of Oklahoma has been betrayed. As many of you know, Kevin Durant has left our state, torn out our hearts, and left our beloved Oklahoma City Thunder in depleted shape. All of this after even being offered a cabinet position for the State of Oklahoma. It is because of this heinous action that I believe the State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to change the name of the City of Durant to Westbrook, the man who is loyal, whom we believe in, and who will lead our team to glory. Yes, it is understood that the city Durant was not named after the evil Kevin Durant, but it is just another hideous reminder of what happened to our community. Support the Cause. #WestbrookOK
In the wake of Durant’s controversial exit out of Oklahoma, Westbrook signed a three-year, $85.7 million contract extension with the Thunder. The team’s fans obviously were quite pleased with Westbrook’s decision and demonstration of loyalty, as was Oklahoma City as a whole.
Nazari’s stated goal of generating support for the name change via the petition was modest to say the least, as he is seeking only 500 signatures. In the short time since the petition was launched, it has to be labeled a relative success, as 360 people have already signed it.
It’s a grassroots movement at its best. Or something.