Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant on Donald Trump: ‘We don’t [mess] with him’

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant /

Golden State Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant had some choice words for Donald Trump after LeBron James expressed a similar sentiment.

After winning his first championship, Kevin Durant is on top of the world. Since dominating LeBron James en route to earning a Finals MVP award, he’s been very busy. From traveling to tweeting, Durant has been very visible.

His most recent event was a parade in his hometown in Maryland. With the Larry O’Brien trophy in hand, Durant triumphantly returned to Prince George’s County. The area is just about a half hour away from Washington D.C. and the White House.

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Many NBA stars have been outspoken about Donald Trump. LeBron James has been extremely vocal about his dislike for the current administration. Time and time again he has called Trump out, especially in the aftermath of the horrific terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Durant has weighed in, rather explicitly. TMZ caught up with him during the parade and asked him about fellow stars speaking out against Trump. His response:

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“Hell yeah, hell yeah. That’s how it’s supposed to be. We don’t f*ck with him.”

Short and simple. Durant was also asked if fans should expect him to become seriously involved in any movement against the current administration like James is, but he didn’t respond. Still, the bit that he gave was enough.

Professional sports are often times used as a distraction from the craziness of the real world. Politics and things like racial and socioeconomic tension are hard to separate from sports because those are real human beings in the jerseys on the courts. So athletes should not abide by the “stick to sports” mentality.

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I already wrote about how the Warriors need to speak up. This is a good start for Durant, but he does need to do more. NBA stars–whether they want it or not–do have a responsibility to be leaders during a time when the public desperately needs figures to step up and give hope.

This might alienate certain fans–especially those in the Midwest that didn’t burn his jersey after his choice to leave–but being on the right side of history will be much more rewarding.