UPDATE: June 12, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.
The Game says he and Durant have squashed their beef, citing a "miscommunication" as the reason for the whole ruckus.
Game posted an Instagram photo with a lengthy caption explaining the situation, saying he jumped the gun on calling Durant out and that the ballplayer had every intention of buying shoes for the Frogg All-Stars, but never agreed to pay $20,000 in straight cash.
Here's Game's apology, per his Instagram:
I'm glad we straightened it out in the end & I personally told @easymoneysniper my bad for jumping the gun due to what I read on TMZ this am. It was truly a miscommunication.. I could've chose my words a bit wiser & made it a little more clear...after talking to KD this am he again agreed to get all the kids his kicks & KD gear & also stated he was taken back by the $20,000 cash because that wasn't what was agreed on by us.
Durant reposted Game's apology on his own IG account, ending the beef that was only a beef in Game's head.
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It’s The Game’s money, and he wants it now.
Game explained the bet on his Instagram account, where he posted video and pictures about Durant’s unwillingness to pay out over a basketball wager.
According to Game, the two agreed last Friday that if the rapper swished a three-point bucket from NBA range, Durant would supply the Frogg All-Stars (Game’s youth basketball program) with brand-new “Kevin Durant shoes.”
The rapper posted video of him shooting an NBA-range three, and sure enough, Durant is in the background watching:
Game’s caption outlines the situation, claiming Drake, James Harden and DeMar DeRozan were on hand to witness the bet:
Bet Kevin Durant a.k.a. @EasyMoneySniper $20,000 that he'd have to donate to the @froggallstars & play wit #LaFamilia in the #DrewLeague if I made an NBA 3 pointer all net & my hittas @jharden13@Demar_Derozan & @ChampagnePapi was right there to witness it all... I guess that's that ! KD must ain't get the memo.
Looks like a solid basket, but Durant claims the two never made any bet.
The TMZ article says Durant spoke briefly with one of its reporters on Tuesday.
“He’s lying,” Durant allegedly told the website.
News of Durant’s rebuttal has reached Game, who remains adamant that the two agreed on clear parameters for the bet. The rapper posted an image of the TMZ report to his Instagram account on Wednesday morning.
In the caption, Game claims Durant is a liar and the Frogg All-Stars no longer want his shoes:
Now why @easymoneysniper frontin on the kids homie ?!?!?!? We clearly said..... "If I made the 3 from NBA range you'd supply the entire @froggallstars program with brand new Kevin Durant shoes"...... 120 kids, close to $200 a shoe equals about $20,000..... How am I lying ???? Just say you a sore loser & you ain't wanna help the kids.... It ain't that they need it cause I bought all 120 kids Lebrons out my own pocket.
So, uh, the kids still win?
Even for an athlete-rapper disagreement, this is a strange cut of beef. How can two people have such vastly differing takes on such as simple situation?
The only explanations here are that Durant thought the Game was joking or the rapper is running some kind of extortion campaign on the ballplayer.
OKC’s marksman is no Scrooge when it comes to giving back—he donated $1 million to help families affected by the tornado in Moore, Okla. in 2013. It’s difficult to believe Durant would renege on a promise to the kids and risk public backlash over $20,000.
Either way, the kids have their shoes—only $139.99 a pair, if Game bought the LeBron XI!—and that’s all that matters.
As for Durant and The Game, well, there doesn’t appear to be a wealth of love lost. Unless someone comes clean and offers up a real explanation, the rapper and “@EasyMoneySniper” probably won’t be playing pickup any time soon.
A likelier scenario is we’ll be hearing a diss track on Game’s next album with some choice words about “the stingy Slim Reaper.”
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