Du­rant ‘sorry’ for In­dia com­ments

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: NBA 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.

The Golden State War­rior player was in In­dia re­cently to hold a se­ries of bas­ket­ball camps. On Fri­day he apol­o­gized in a tweet and said he is look­ing for­ward to go­ing back.

“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 shit. Sorry...”

In an in­ter­view with The Ath­letic, Du­rant said he ex­pected the com­forts of an oil rich na­tion and he didn’t think he would see muddy streets and peo­ple liv­ing in ram­shackle homes around the Taj Ma­hal.

“As I was driv­ing up to the Taj Ma­hal, like I said, I thought that this would be holy ground, su­per pro­tected, very very clean,” he said. “And as I’m driv­ing up, it’s like, s-, 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.”

Du­rant said it felt like he was go­ing back in time.

“I’m think­ing I’m go­ing to be around palaces and roy­alty and gold — ba­si­cally thought I was go­ing to Dubai,” he said.

“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.” AFP

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