Nets' Kevin Durant Fined $25k for 'Directing Obscene Language' Toward Hawks Fan

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 12, 2021

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) makes his way past fans as he walks to the locker room after the Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
AP Photo/John Bazemore

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant was fined $25,000 for directing obscene language toward a fan in Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

The incident took place with 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter of the Nets' 113-105 victory. Video of Durant cursing at the fan circulated on social media over the weekend.

Durant's at-times contentious relationship with fans and trash-talking nature are of little surprise. He was previously fined $25,000 earlier this season for throwing a game ball in the stands. The league also fined Durant $50,000 for use of derogatory language in a social media spat with comedian Michael Rapaport earlier this year.

The NBA has increasingly tried to step in and police unruly fans, along with players, to avoid any incidents between the parties. Earlier this season, LeBron James had two fans who made derogatory remarks removed from a game against the Indiana Pacers.

The fan who interacted with Durant was not removed. In the video that circulated, the fan could be heard telling Durant to "stop crying." It's unclear if any prior interactions took place.