By now you’ve probably heard, read or screen-shot the Kevin Durant bedroom story that played out on Twitter Sunday evening.
If not, here’s a link, but without most of the salaciousness. The overwhelming response, around these parts, and seemingly everywhere was to laugh, make fun of some weird, off-putting, fetish type behavior by Durant, nevermind if it’s true or not.
The issue here isn’t what Durant does or who he does it with. The issue also shouldn’t be reduced so quickly to the lowest-common denominator of, “Oh, it’s just fans being fans.”
Fans are not objective. That’s what makes them fans and part of what makes sports great. We’re not rational when it comes to our favorite teams or players and it is manifested through opinions that change as quickly as players change teams. In other words, it goes as acceptable, unchecked behavior. We love a player until we don’t. Simple as that.
But what happened Sunday night, and has gained ridiculous amounts of traction since, is beyond “fans being fans” without any clue of hypocrisy.
No need to name names. You’re savvy enough to look this person up on Twitter if you want, but just know she blasted a supposed sexual proclivity of Durant’s on Twitter and Durant made the mistake of responding to a person who clearly was just looking for a response. If KD never answers, never engages and just ignores this person who is a Thunder fan, mad because KD left to go to Golden State, then there’s a near 100-percent chance none of this ever gets noticed.
Of course it did get noticed. The tweets took off and the news of this exchange made its way across the www. Doesn’t matter if it’s true and it certainly didn’t matter that the person trying to embarrass KD had previously tweeted in the past how much she loved him. Fans get mad, change their mind, hold grudges.
Sure, things change. KD himself had tweeted in the past how upset he was with “Super Teams” and appeared to suggest he’d be in OKC for the long run. If that happens, if in fact KD was here in OKC instead of showering in champagne on the West Coast, would these kind of personal, sexual in nature, attacks be funny?
OK, how bout another example: If someone decided to tweet out something about Russell Westbrook and a sexual fetish he had, would you be laughing? Or would you be challenging the source, suggesting that someone who seems so thirsty for attention, might be out of line, inappropriate?
Now, it is sorta funny Durant would take the time to acknowledge a nobody, to give someone who hates him because he plays for another team, a platform for this kind of behavior which started as homophobic and continued as just spiteful. Seems like a mistake on Durant’s part, for sure.
But what’s a mistake on our part is condoning a person who tweets insults at a celebrity and then relishes in it and absorbs it all for attention, because we all know this wouldn’t happen if Durant lived in our city and played for our team.