KD has been making the rounds through his old stomping grounds today, with the Larry O’Brien trophy in hand, meeting with fans, posing for pictures and signing pairs of his Nike KD9 signature shoe.
During one of the stops on Durant’s parade route, a TMZ reporter brought up President Trump and the backlash he has received from some current and former NBA players, for comments he made about the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville led to the death of one woman and injured 19 others when a car drove into a group of counter-protestors. In addressing the tragedy, Trump condemned the white supremacist groups, but later placed blame on “both sides.”
When the TMZ reporter asked Durant about NBA players like LeBron and Dwyane Wade being vocal about their displeasure with President Trump, KD responded,
“Hell yeah, hell yeah. That’s how it’s supposed to be. We don’t fuck with him.”
Durant was also asked if he saw himself getting involved in publicly calling out Trump, like LeBron, Steve Nash and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but he didn’t respond.
LeBron James publicly denounced Trump earlier this week, saying the president has made hate “fashionable again.” LeBron later expanded on those comments, referring to Trump as our “so-called president.”
James said, per ESPN,
“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville,” James said. “I just want to speak on it right now. I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to be able to get better as a society and us to get better as people is love.
“And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something at the end of the day. It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s not about a teacher that you don’t feel like cares about what’s going on with you every day. It’s not about people that you just don’t feel like want to give the best energy and effort to you. It’s about us. It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. It’s about all of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can we do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110 percent … then that’s all you can ask for.
“So, shoutout to the innocent people in Charlottesville and shoutout to everybody across the world that just want to be great and just want to love. Thank you, and I love you all.”
Check out some of the video footage from “Kevin Durant Day” below, including the NBA Finals MVP’s quick comments about President Trump.