Raptors fan sent Kevin Durant flowers to apologize for injury cheers
A contingent of Toronto Raptors fans inside Scotiabank Arena on Monday night cheered and waved goodbye when Kevin Durant went down with an Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. An anonymous Raptors fan has since sent KD flowers in care of the Golden State Warriors’ team offices to apologize “on behalf of Canada.”
On the shelf for over a month due to a calf strain, Durant suffered an Achilles injury at the 9:46 point of the second quarter as the Warriors staved off elimination with 106-105 Game 5 victory. As Durant was being attended to on the court, some cheers could be heard inside the arena.
Some Raptors fans really cheered KD’s injury and waved goodbye. SMH. pic.twitter.com/8vuqYZKkC9— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 11, 2019
The reaction to KD’s injury in Jurassic Park — an area outside Scotiabank Arena where Raptors fans watch games — was in a similar fashion.
Jurassic Park reaction to Kevin Durant’s injury – NBA Finals pic.twitter.com/4zQV96zZ2s— Heart of NBA (@HeartofNBA) June 11, 2019
Much has been rightfully made over how some Raptors fans conducted themselves, and Warriors players were left irate over the reaction to Durant’s injury. Klay Thompson called the cheers and such “bulls–t” and “frickin’ ridiculous.” DeMarcus Cousins, meanwhile, called Raptors fans who cheered “trash” before sending the message, “F— them, f— them.”
In light of the backlash over how some fans celebrated Durant’s injury, an anonymous Raptors fan sent the Warriors superstar flowers. Bearing a ribbon that read “Canada is Sorry KD,” the bouquet also included a note of apology.
“I hereby apologize on behalf of Canada — prayers for recovery.”— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) June 12, 2019
A fan sent flowers to the Warriors apologizing for Canada’s Kevin Durant cheers.
(photo via Warriors Offices)https://t.co/leFg16Sv8l pic.twitter.com/ULAxIjcCO7
It merits stressing that not all Raptors fans took part in the boorish response to KD suffering a potentially catastrophic injury during Game 5. Further, there was also a smattering of supportive “KD” chants as Durant was being helped off the court.
Granted, the more measured and dignified reaction came after Raptors players admonished the fans for cheering. All that said, one Canadian’s friendly gesture of sending flowers to Durant as a token of apology for some Raptors fans’ inappropriate behavior ought to be commended in light of the situation.