NBA Fines Kevin Durant $50,000

Nets superstar Kevin Durant has been fined $50,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, the league announced in a press release today. The release added that Durant has since acknowledged his actions were inappropriate.

The incident occurred between Durant and actor Michael Rapaport, with Rapaport sharing digital screenshots of the interaction on Twitter this week.

“I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think [Kevin Durant] would be among them,” Rapaport wrote in his post. “The [snake] himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right?”

Durant has since apologized for his words. The 32-year-old has only appeared in 19 games for the Nets this season, averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per contest. Brooklyn is hoping he could return soon from a hamstring injury suffered in February.

A $50K fine is the maximum the NBA can give to a player under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement without the player having the ability to file a grievance.

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