Basketball star Kevin Durant apologises to India for '20 years behind' comment

The star baller had called India a "rough" country which is "20 years behind" the world but claimed his comments were "taken out of context".

Published: 12th August 2017 02:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 06:40 PM   |  A+A-

Basketball star Kevin Durant (Photo | AP)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Basketball star Kevin Durant today apologised for calling India a "rough" country which is "20 years behind" the world but claimed his comments were "taken out of context".

After returning from his maiden India visit last month, Durant spoke about the trip in an interview with The Athletic website. The comments backfired and Durant was forced to issue an apology.

The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) took to twitter to issue his apology.

"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 p***** about how my comments came off, that's my fault, should've worded that better," the Golden State Warrior player posted a message on his official twitter handle.

In the interview, Durant said that India is 20 years behind the world in terms of knowledge and experience and the country is just a bunch of underprivileged people who want to learn basketball.

"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. That was really, really dope to me,” Durant was quoted as saying by The Athletic in an interview.

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

"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," he tweeted.

"No offense from this side. I'm coming back out there for more camps and cool s***. Sorry…."

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.