Kevin Durant Says He's Sorry People Saw Language Used in Michael Rapaport DMs

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVApril 1, 2021

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant said he was sorry people saw what he said when talking to actor Michael Rapaport through Instagram direct messages.

"I'm sorry that people seen that language I used, that's not really what I want people to see and hear from me," he told reporters:

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Kevin Durant on his social media messages that were recently made public:<br><br>"I'm sorry that people seen that language I used, that's not really what I want people to hear and see from me" pic.twitter.com/UIPRuPdH3B

Durant's comments come after Rapaport posted screenshots of the Nets forward using homophobic, misogynistic and profane language during a conversation:

MichaelRapaport @MichaelRapaport

I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think @KDTrey5 would be among them. The 🐍 himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right? #ImDaRealMVP pic.twitter.com/l1VQfGMMRF

Prior to his decision to address the situation Thursday, Durant appeared to confirm he sent the direct messages in a tweet and also apologized in Rapaport's Instagram comments:

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5

Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed....My bad mike, damn!!

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The reply though pic.twitter.com/zvy9kdlVlJ

The NBA has penalized players for homophobic language in the past, including when it fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 in 2011 for using a slur on the court during a game.

Nets head coach Steve Nash told reporters the team held internal discussions about the exchange between Durant, who is an avid user of social media, and Rapaport.