Kevin Durant on $25K fine: Grown men who heckle are ‘corny’ and ‘weak’
Kevin Durant has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for a profane exchange with a fan during Saturday’s 112-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on the road at American Airlines Center.
The fine, announced Tuesday, inspired the Golden State Warriors star to bemoan the nature of the situation that inspired the punishment for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan” in the first place.
Durant ran afoul of the league over the run-in with the heckling fan, during which he approached the man, who was seated on the baseline, and said “shut the (expletive) up and watch the (expletive) game.” The incident occurred with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
Yahoo’s Chris Haynes posted video to Twitter on Wednesday morning in which Haynes informs Durant about the fine. It goes without saying the Warriors star was not pleased with the news.
For those interested, Kevin Durant’s reaction as I break the news of his $25,000 fine right in front of him. Also, his thoughts. pic.twitter.com/1rWgkZV3Kb
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 21, 2018
Durant specifically takes issue with how players have to deal with such conduct from adults attending games.
“Grown men can’t come to the game and heckle grown men,” Durant said. “That’s corny; that’s weak.”
Thankfully, a few expletives thrown in the heckler’s direction was as far as things went and the situation did not escalate any further. The NBA is unique in how fans and players are in such close proximity to each other, and things have taken an ugly turn on more than one occasion as a result.
Durant obviously ran out of patience due to the heckler’s antics and his reaction will not diminish his reputation for being somewhat thin-skinned when confronted with such high-drama situations, whether on the court or otherwise.