Kevin Durant delivered an apology Friday for called India “20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience” after visiting the country last month.
“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 wrote. “I spoke about the difference between my imagination and reality there in Delhi and about where the game is compared to the rest of the world. No offense from this side, I’m coming back out there for more camps and cool (stuff). Sorry…”
Social media outrage followed Durant recently telling The Athletic about his trip to India and sounding like he was disparaging the Asian nation.
“It was a unique experience,” Durant told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “I went with no expectation, no view on what it’s supposed to be like. I usually go to places where I at least have a view in my head. India, I’m thinking I’m going to be around palaces and royalty and gold — basically thought I was going to Dubai. Then when I landed there, I saw the culture and how they live and it was rough. It’s a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball.”
Durant added that those people’s passion for hoops is “really, really dope” and that he painted a picture of his time in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located.
“As I was driving up to the Taj Mahal, I said, ‘I thought that this would be holy ground, super protected, very very clean.’ And as I’m driving up, it’s like, (shoot), this used to remind me of some neighborhoods I would ride through as a kid. Mud in the middle of the street, houses were not finished but there were people living in them. No doors. No windows. The cows in the street, stray dogs and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s like holy (stuff), this was built 500 years ago and everyone comes here. It’s just an eye-opener.”
During his trip, Durant took part in setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest’ basketball lesson — which included 3,459 participants beside KD.
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