Kevin Durant apologizes for 'out of context' comments about basketball in India

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

National Basketball Association star Kevin Durant has apologized for comments about his trip to India which he described as "20 years behind" the times and resembling an American slum.

In the Q&A story, Durant said basketball in the Asian country was "20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience", but said his comments were more a reflection of his expectation and that he meant no offense. He also reiterated his desire to visit India again, "I'm coming back out there for more camps and cool s***".

Durant's interview to The Athletic in the USA created a controversy on Friday for having described the conditions near Taj Mahal as an eye-opener and not what he had imagined.

He'd expected the monument to be "holy ground, super protected, very, very clean", but instead as he drove up it reminded him of places where he grew up, he said.

"Mud in the middle of the street, houses were not finished but there were people living in them". Durant's manager, agent and sole representative Rich Kleiman gave a clarification to the TOI on what the NBA Finals MVP wanted to say. "Sorry that my comments about India were taken out of context".

"Sorry that my comments about India were taken out of context, I'm grateful for the time I've got to spend there and I'm really pissed about how my comments came off, that's my fault, should've worded that better", Durant said a statement on his Twitter account.

But he claimed that he only spoke about his imagination of India and what he actually saw after landing in New Delhi.

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