NBA fines Kevin Durant $50,000 for offensive and derogatory language

The NBA announced Friday that Kevin Durant has been fined $50,000 for "using offensive and derogatory language on social media." The punishment is in reference to a private Instagram conversation that actor Michael Rapaport made public in which Durant used homophobic and misogynistic language.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has been fined $50,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations. Durant has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate.

This news comes just one day after Durant issued a public apology to reporters for the language that he was seen using in the screenshots Rapaport published on Twitter earlier this week.

"I'm sorry that people have seen the language I used," the Nets star told the media. "That's not what I want people to see or hear from me."

The issues between Durant and Rapoport began on Dec. 22 when Rapoport tweeted about KD after an interview Durant took part in with TNT

On Tuesday, Rapoport tweeted screenshots of DMs (warning: contains homophobic, misogynistic and profane language) Durant sent him in response to his tweet about the interview.

Durant used multiple slurs and challenged Rapoport to a fight. He also threatened to "spit in [Rapoport's] face" the next time he sees him.

After Rapoport posted the screenshots, Durant claimed that he and Rapoport have tense exchanges on a regular basis:

"Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed....My bad mike, damn!!"

Durant's social media activity has long been a topic of discussion because of his penchant for getting into arguments at times.

He also admitted to having a burner account, which he used to defend himself from criticism on social media.

The 32-year-old Durant is an 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, one-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP in the midst of his first season with the Nets. 스포츠토토

Durant signed with the Nets during the 2019 offseason but did not appear in a game last season while recovering from a torn Achilles.

KD has been highly productive when healthy this season, averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per contest, but he has been limited to just 19 games because of injury.

Durant is currently out with a hamstring injury and has not appeared in a game since Feb. 13.