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Kevin Durant Apologizes to Michael Rapaport After Offensive Private Twitter Exchange Made Public (Video)

'You pale c***sucker': Nets star Kevin Durant unleashes vile, homophobic Instagram rant at actor Michael Rapaport, involves the diehard NBA fan's wife and threatens to SPIT on him

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Kevin Durant, Michael Rappaport

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has apologized for using homophobic and misogynistic language during a private exchange with Michael Rapaport on social media that the actor made public.

Earlier this week, Rapaport tweeted screenshots of direct messages he received from Durant that has generated fierce backlash against the NBA star.

“I’m sorry that people seen that language I used,” Durant said to reporters on Thursday, ESPN reported. “That’s not really what I want people to see and hear from me, but hopefully I can move past it and get back out there on the floor.”

This all started back in December when Durant’s one-word answer to “Inside the NBA” analyst Charles Barkley sparked a reaction that made Barkley go viral.

Rappaport responded on Twitter: “[Durant] seemed deeply in his feeling with the @NBA onTNT crew after the game. DAMNIT he’s super sensitive about everything. Don’t do the interview.”

Durant responded by sending Rapaport a private message calling him a “b**ch” and other choice words. He also challenged the actor to a fight, going as far as asking for his address, according to the screengrabs.

“I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think [Durant] would be among them,” 51-year-old Rapaport wrote in tweet including screen shots of the purported exchange. “The [snake emoji] himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right?” he added.

Here’s that tweet, along with screenshot’s of Durant’s DMs:

In a follow-up message, Durant accused Rapaport of deleting messages from the exchange before posting them publicly. The actor seemingly admitted to editing the thread in a subsequent tweet. He also said that he had told Durant he would “break his f**king jaw,” and called him a “b**ch” in return.

Folks on social media did not appreciate Durant’s language, calling it “homophobic.” The

“We need the most prominent voices in the sport to start acknowledging us, to stop talking down to us, to realize that we’re just as valid as the rest,” one user wrote.

Outkick’s Clay Travis wrote: “The NBA made Donald Sterling sell his team for racist comments made in a private conversation. They set the precedent that private conversations are actionable when they go public. The same standard should apply for Kevin Durant’s DMs. Why isn’t it being applied?”

In another exchange Wednesday, Durant commented “my bad I apologize” underneath Rapaport’s post on Instagram, adding that he would “never fight Mike.”

Rapaport continued to discuss the situation in Wednesday’s episode of his podcast, I Am Rapaport, reading out more of the conversation but also using misogynistic language when referencing Durant. Rapaport called Durant “very sensitive,” and said he was acting “like he had his period.”

Of course, sports media had lots and LOTS of thoughts on the matter:

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Nets star Kevin Durant unleashed a vile, homophobic rant at actor Michael Rapaport on

  • Actor Michael Rapaport has revealed a private war of words with Kevin Durant over social media in which the Nets star used a string of homophobic slurs
  • The Nets star referenced Rapaport's wife and threatened to spit on him while directing misogynistic and homophobic insults at the actor-turned-podcaster
  • Durant poked fun at Rapaport's failed defamation lawsuit against Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy over a t-shirt depicting the 51-year-old with herpes 
  • Durant has apologized for the rant that Rapaport revealed in a series of screen grabs on Twitter. However, Durant also minimized the fight as just friendly banter
  • Judging by the screen shots, the exchange appears to have started in December after Durant had an awkward post-game interview with TNT's Charles Barkley  
  • It is unclear if Durant could face any league punishment for the private exchange
  • Durant and Rapaport previously had a friendly relationship and even made a light-hearted video in which Rapaport begs the two-time NBA champ for tickets 

Actor and podcaster Michael Rapaport has revealed a private war of words with Kevin Durant in which the Brooklyn Nets star used a string of homophobic slurs while threatening to spit on the diehard 51-year-old New York sports fan. 

Screen grabs of the private, online conversation were revealed by Rapaport in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon. The disagreement appears to have started in December after Rapaport criticized an awkward post-game interview Durant had on TNT.

'I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think [Kevin Durant] would be among them,' Rapaport tweeted Tuesday while posting grabs of his December exchange with Durant. 'The [snake emoji] himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America's sweetheart right?' 

In the December exchange, Durant vented over Rapaport's criticism of his TNT interview and even appeared ready to fight over the perceived insult. 

'I heard it all before u c***,' read one of the direct messages from Durant's account to Rapaport. 'I swear ima spit in your face when I see your dirty ass.

'Meet me on w 17th tomorrow at 10. Or better yet. What's your address?'

'All u do is c*** suck other men for attention... Your life is a joke u F***in pale c*** sucker.'

'Your wife doesn't even respect your b**** a**.'  

Kevin Durant apparently engaged in a vulgar, homophobic rant on Instagram after being criticized by actor and sports podcaster Michael Rapaport in December

Kevin Durant apparently engaged in a vulgar, homophobic rant on Instagram after being criticized by actor and sports podcaster Michael Rapaport in December 

Judging by the screen shots, the exchange appears to have begun in December after Durant had an awkward post-game interview with TNT's analyst and former NBA star Charles Barkley
The conversation was revealed by Rapaport in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon

Judging by the screen shots, the exchange appears to have begun in December after Durant had an awkward post-game interview with TNT's analyst and former NBA star Charles Barkley

Actor and podcaster Michael Rapaport has revealed a private war of words with Kevin Durant over social media in which the Brooklyn Nets star appears to have used a string of homophobic slurs while threatening to spit on the diehard 51-year-old New York sports fan

Actor and podcaster Michael Rapaport has revealed a private war of words with Kevin Durant over social media in which the Brooklyn Nets star appears to have used a string of homophobic slurs while threatening to spit on the diehard 51-year-old New York sports fan

Durant went on to threaten Rapaport with homophobic slurs and calls to fight outside of a steakhouse in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea
Durant also referenced a lawsuit that Rapaport filed against Barstool Sports and its founder, Dave Portnoy

Durant went on to threaten Rapaport with homophobic slurs and calls to fight outside of a steakhouse in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. He also referenced a lawsuit that Rapaport filed against Barstool Sports and its founder, Dave Portnoy (right)

Durant has apologized for the vulgar rant that Rapaport revealed in a series of screen grabs

Durant has apologized for the vulgar rant that Rapaport revealed in a series of screen grabs

Rapaport did not accept Durant's apology, saying he crossed a line by mentioning his wife

Rapaport did not accept Durant's apology, saying he crossed a line by mentioning his wife 

Durant apologized on Tuesday after Rapaport revealed the rant, although in another post, the former NBA MVP appeared to dismiss the exchange as friendly banter: 'Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he's pissed....My bad mike, damn!!'

Rapaport did not accept the apology, writing on Twitter that Durant crossed a line by mentioning his wife: 'Don't ever threaten me or speak on my wife P****.' 

The revelation was made a day after a federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit Rapaport filed against Barstool Sports and its founder Dave Portnoy over a t-shirt depicting the actor with a case of herpes. Interestingly, Durant referenced that lawsuit in one of the Instagram attacks he launched at Rapaport in December. 

'Your wife mad as f*** cuz u wasting that little bit of money on a lawyers cuz u can't take a joke,' Durant wrote in a direct message to Rapaport.  

Durant did some backtracking on Tuesday afternoon, insisting he did not have any violent intentions with Rapaport. 

'I WOULD NEVER FIGHT MIKE,' Durant replied on Instagram. 'THE PORTNOY THING WAS TOO FAR I SEE..... my bad I apologize.'

Durant then went on to write: 'Wow u acting brand new now?? We been talking like this for years and u get serious today. Wowww. Smhhh.'

The 32-year-old forward and two-time NBA champion could be subject to discipline by the NBA. Other players, such as Rajon Rondo and the late Kobe Bryant, have been fined for using homophobic slurs on the court. However, Durant's exchange was a private conversation.

An NBA spokesman did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.   

While he did apologize, Durant also seemed to dismiss the exchange as just friendly banter

While he did apologize, Durant also seemed to dismiss the exchange as just friendly banter 

Durant also poked fun at Rapaport's defamation lawsuit against Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, which has recently been dismissed. Rapaport had sued over a t-shirt that Portnoy sold, picturing the actor with a clown nose and an apparent case of herpes. The judge tossed the suit Monday, saying that a 'reasonable audience' would not assume the red blemish adorning Rapaport's mouth on the t-shirt could be interpreted to mean that the actor does, in fact, have herpes

Durant also poked fun at Rapaport's defamation lawsuit against Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, which has recently been dismissed. Rapaport had sued over a t-shirt that Portnoy sold, picturing the actor with a clown nose and an apparent case of herpes. The judge tossed the suit Monday, saying that a 'reasonable audience' would not assume the red blemish adorning Rapaport's mouth on the t-shirt could be interpreted to mean that the actor does, in fact, have herpes

Judging by the screen shots, the exchange appears to have begun in December after Durant had an awkward post-game interview with TNT's analyst and former NBA star Charles Barkley. In the post-game exchange, Durant abruptly responded to Barkley's lengthy questions with one-word answers like 'yeah.' 

'KD seemed deeply in his feelings with the (TNT) crew after the game,' Rapaport tweeted at the time. 'DAMNIT he's super sensitive about everything. Don't do the interview.'

In a private direct message, Durant, or someone using his account, responded with a grab of Rapaport's tweet and a few choice words for the actor, like 'b****,' 'p****,' and 'piece of s***.'

Durant went on to threaten Rapaport with homophobic slurs and calls to fight outside of a steakhouse in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea.

Rapaport then told Durant to go 'help kids in Brownsville, Brooklyn & stop being a f***ing Puzz.' 

Durant (right) and Rapaport (left) pictured during friendlier times
Durant and Rapaport previously had a friendly relationship and even made a light-hearted video together (pictured)
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and Rapaport weren't always enemies. They previously made a light-hearted video in which Rapaport begged Durant for tickets to an NBA game

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and Rapaport weren't always enemies. They previously made a light-hearted video in which Rapaport begged Durant for tickets to an NBA game

Durant also poked fun at Rapaport's defamation lawsuit against Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, which was actually dismissed earlier this week. 

Rapaport had sued over a t-shirt that Portnoy sold, picturing the actor with a clown nose and an apparent case of herpes. The judge tossed the suit Monday, saying that a 'reasonable audience' would not assume the red blemish adorning Rapaport's mouth on the t-shirt could be interpreted to mean that the actor does, in fact, have herpes.  

'U called your lawyer like the p**** you are,' Durant wrote. 'U couldn't stop portnoy talking s***?

'P**** wanna lawyer up. 

'How p**** are u. Your wife doesn't even respect your b**** a**.' 

Portnoy (left) took a victory lap on social media after Rapaport's lawsuit was dismissed

Portnoy (left) took a victory lap on social media after Rapaport's lawsuit was dismissed

Durant and Rapaport did not always have a contentious relationship. 

The two even made a light-hearted video in which Rapaport alternately begs for tickets and complains about the seats that were provided to him by Durant. 

And while Durant is accusing Rapaport of being overly sensitive, he has also faced that same accusation over the years. 

Durant has even been caught using a fake 'burner' Twitter account to attack his online critics. 

Durant has been out with a hamstring injury since February, but the talent-laden Nets are currently tied for first in the Eastern Conference standings with the 76ers

Durant has been out with a hamstring injury since February, but the talent-laden Nets are currently tied for first in the Eastern Conference standings with the 76ers

After signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent in 2017, he snapped at a fan who questioned his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Durant responded in the third person because he appeared to think he was signed into a burner account: '[Durant] didn't like the organization or playing for [then-Thunder coach] Billy Donovan. His roster wasn't that good, it was just him and [Russell Westbrook]'  

Obviously fans noticed that Durant was writing about himself in the third person, and quickly seized on the possibility that he had a burner account. 

At a TechCrunch Disrupt event following the incident, Durant defended himself by saying he gets too passionate when discussing basketball.  

'I use Twitter to engage with fans,' Durant said. 'I think it's a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far. That's what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, to play basketball. 

Durant has been out with a hamstring injury since mid-February, but the talent-laden Nets are currently tied for first in the Eastern Conference standings with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Listed at 6-foot-10, and widely believed to be taller, Durant has been one of the game's premiere players since being selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the second-overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. The former Texas Longhorns star now has two NBA Finals MVP honors to go with a pair of NBA titles, the 2014 NBA MVP award, and the 2008 Rookie of the Year trophy. 

In 2019, Durant inked a four-year, $164 million sign-and-trade deal with Golden State that sent him to Brooklyn, where he's now paired with other All-Stars such as Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.

Actor Michael Rapaport (right) interacts with many New York-area sports star such as Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (left) as a part of his own sports podcast

Actor Michael Rapaport (right) interacts with many New York-area sports star such as Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (left) as a part of his own sports podcast 

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Comment by Al3x on April 4, 2021 at 2:13am
First of all, The white dude kinda set Durant up and was Also in his feelings too. Are you b*tches blind?

Some of the white dude texts are purposely deleted to bring more attention towards Durants text. Durant also mentioned that they normally talk like that which is true,coming from a white dude who thinks hes black on the inside.

Personal text messages between men don’t gotta be shown to the world cause you can’t handle the argument so you made a b*tch move and Snitch. Fck Rappapssy.
Comment by Tyrone on March 31, 2021 at 4:28pm

I don't know, maybe it's me. But the men of today are so sensitive it's unreal.  I grew up and got insulted, insulted people and sometimes there might be a fight and the next day it was over.  Now you have to give the men of today a "Hurt Feelings Report". 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 31, 2021 at 3:06pm
Durant, need to stay the hell off social media. He easily gets his feelings hurt. All of that homophobic, and talking about someone else's wife and spitting on someone is not joking around.

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