NBA referees association accepts Kevin Durant’s apology
The National Basketball Referees Association on Thursday indicated in a tweet it has accepted the apology of Kevin Durant for his conduct in the wake of an ejection from a game earlier this week.
In the social media dispatch, the Golden State Warriors star was credited for fostering the “kind of common ground” necessary to ease escalating tensions between players and refs.
Apology accepted. This is the kind of common ground we hope to achieve when the NBRA meets with @TheNBPA next month: https://t.co/gyuNZ53u9f
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) January 25, 2018
Durant was ejected from Tuesday’s 123-112 win over the New York Knicks after receiving his second technical of the game. Afterward, he railed against referee James Williams, claiming Williams was “still in his feelings” and looking for revenge after assessing the first technical foul.
Kevin Durant on his ejection and officiating pic.twitter.com/uicljZ8luP
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 24, 2018
Durant on Wednesday apologized for acting like a “jerk” toward Williams due to his post-game rhetoric.
“I wish I had handled that better obviously but it was kind of a heat-of-the-moment for me. I could be better. It was a great learning experience for me though,” Durant said after practice, via an NBA.com report. “… I wasn’t getting picked on last night. I was being a diva last night. I’ve got to just own up to it. I watched it when I got home. I was wondering why he was coming at me so hard but then I watched the plays I was like, `Yeah, I looked like a jerk out there.’ It was bad. Luckily we won and we can move past it and I kind of owned up to it. I’ll be better next time.”
Durant has yet to hear from the NBA on his conduct. Although it did occur in the climate of extreme animosity between referees and players. In fact, it would seem it is at an all-time high this season.
There have been no shortage of confrontations between referees and players this season, including one Wednesday night involving Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin. So much so that a meeting between the NBPA and the referee’s union was arranged earlier this season with another planned next month.