Durant insists he “had a moment” and defends himself…
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant has expressed his regret over his critical comments of the media during the All-Star break in New York last weekend.
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Durant unleashed two separate tirades at the media during All-Star weekend, as he insisted that they “didn’t know s—” before claiming that they have too much power in voting for awards. In addition, he was left frustrated with questions regarding coach Scott Brooks a day later and again lashed out.
However, he was keen to stress that he regretted his comments looking back and he believes that he still has a great relationship with the media despite his “moment” last weekend.
“Let’s be real. Let’s look at the whole thing. I’ve been in the league eight years. The media and myself have had a great relationship for eight years. And I said something, two days in a row I said something. Am I allowed to be upset one time? Am I allowed to be mad? Am I human? Do you look at me that way? Do you look at me as if I can’t say nothing wrong? We had great communication for eight years, and it’s still that way,” Durant said, ESPN reports.
The reigning MVP’s comments were certainly out of character given that he has built a reputation of being one of the most polite-mannered players in the game.
However, it was clear that he has held certain frustrations in over the last few years and he felt it was necessary to share his feelings as he described it as turning into a man and being able to express his opinion.
Nevertheless, the media will be keen to see the old Durant return and with Russell Westbrook’s recent drama during which he openly insisted that he didn’t like a reporter in an interview after a game earlier this month, the Thunder as a franchise may well want to discuss etiquette with their players before it tarnishes their reputation.