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Kevin Durant in latest run-in with fan: ‘Watch the game and shut up’

Kevin Durant had yet another run-in with a fan seated courtside at a game, although this one was far more civil than the one that preceded it.

During the Golden State Warriors’ 128-111 over the Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena, Durant was caught on video interacting with an evidently vocal fan, and during the exchange the superstar simply stated, “Watch the game and shut up.”

Durant’s suggestion elicited laughter in the stands and even a smile from the superstar, which stands in stark contrast to an incident that occurred earlier this month during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

The Warriors superstar was fined $25,000 by the NBA for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan” due to an expletive-laden exchange with a heckler, which included him saying, “Shut the (expletive) up and watch the (expletive) game.”

Durant later bemoaned the fine and the incident that inspired it, saying grown men who show up at NBA games to heckle players are “corny” and “weak.”

The profane nature of Durant’s previous run-in with a fan makes his comments —  not to mention his smile — during Monday’s game seem minor. There is obviously no chance Durant, known for being somewhat thin-skinned when confronted with any kind of criticism, gets fined for this latest, relatively benign exchange.