For years, KD has caught flak for having thin skin and being unable to handle the media, criticism, or anything he doesn’t like hearing or reading. Given he’s an athlete of tremendous stature, he’s held to a different standard, as the greats have usually laughed off this kind of nonsense instead of wasting any sort of energy on it.
Just think about all of the people who tell Tom Brady and Michael Jordan that they suck. There are millions waiting to bring somebody down regardless of their successes and failures.
But Durant just can’t seem to stay away. He simply has to engage in all of it, and now he’s been exposed in the most damning of manners.
Is this an X-Box Live game lobby in 2005? My goodness.
Durant went at comedian Michael Rapaport (who isn’t a saint himself) like a madman, but the point remains: why even say anything after seeing that bait of a tweet? It’s certainly cheap for Rapaport to out KD like this, but that’s what happens when you consistently put yourself out there and risk the exposure.
What’s even more bizarre about this is that the messages are from December. KD caught a critical tweet of Rapaport’s from Dec. 20 and the two decided to go at it in the Twitter DMs.
KD addressed it shortly after, too.
In today’s NBA landscape, this has simply become commonplace for some players. Durant is obviously one of them and for some reason it’s accepted because many expect it from him. However, most people wouldn’t agree with firing back with all of these horrific insults after being called “sensitive.”
On the other hand, we don’t know if Rapaport deleted some unsavory messages of his own that may have prompted this inflammatory response from Durant before posting the screenshots.
Just sit back for a second and imagine if LeBron James had done this. Since we don’t expect it from LeBron, the outrage would be like no other. Instead, it’s Durant, who’s known for this kind of behavior, so though the magnitude of these messages are pretty surprising, nobody is really shocked that this has been unearthed.
Don’t get us wrong, we’d love to see Rapaport go away too because he’s among the most vile personalities out there on social media, but it sure would be great if KD can get off of social media while the Nets are looking to make a run at a championship.