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Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

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Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy.

Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ for “dissing” Oklahoma City. In a very TMZ manufactured controversy.

The Thunder Blog at the Oklahoman breaks it down.

It’s no surprise that the footage is captured by TMZ. When asked what there is to do in Oklahoma for fun Durant responded, “nothing” and kept walking. TMZ then made sort of a big deal about it on its television show….

Durant made an attempt to explain his actions in messages on both his Twitter account as well as his Facebook page. His reason for saying “nothing?” He didn’t want to talk to TMZ. Durant had the right idea in mind. He should have said nothing. But he’s too nice of a guy to blow off people and say nothing. So he said something. And that something, which was the answer, “nothing,” created a small controversy, which is exactly what TMZ covets.

But, really, there is no controversy.

Durant has done nothing but praise Oklahoma City and say how much he loves the city since the franchise moves there, and the residents there are getting pissed over this? Really? That says more about how those Oklahoma City residents feel about their city than it does Durant. As Darnell Mayberry says in the blog post, those people need to get over their inferiority complex. OKC is not Miami or New York when it comes to things to do, especially if you are young and single like Durant. Thing is, Durant is a different kind of guy and he likes it that way. He’s not seeking out the bright lights.

Get off his back. This isn’t even a real controversy.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Wow, who cares.

  2. philtration - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    You can’t even try to avoid the slim without someone twisting it into a story and someone else just waiting to be offended by it.
    This country has turned into a bunch of hysterical 13 year-old girls that must be fed hair-pulling gossip 24/7.

  3. egls7 - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Oh god tmz is sooooo annoying

  4. 1historian - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    what the he!! is tmz?

    Obviously I don’t know.

    Lucky me

  5. dohpey28 - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Live here in OKC, and Durant is right. However, nobody here is giving him any kind of a hard time. In fact, it is pretty much a non-story.

  6. savocabol1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    This is the only site that has an article related to this issue….

  7. coltsfanindc - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    it would have been a story to you a couple yrs ago if Bron had said it about Cleveland. its important to be loved I guess. everyone makes excuses for u.

    not saying it should be a story in either case.

  8. love4cle - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    This is the same TMZ that thought Greg Oden was LeBron James, and when Greg got pissed and said he wasn’t LeBron, they thought he was a body guard. What a waste of time this story was.

  9. lgwelsh1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    TMZ is like a comedy show, you can’t take anything serious from them. They got a bunch of kids running around with cameras trying to get a response out anyone remotely “famous”

  10. cosanostra71 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    I wonder what he thought of Seattle? He seemed to enjoy it there too.

  11. 1historian - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    I know i posted that I don’t know/care who/what tmz is so please consider that when I say that they sure do seem to have a boatload of jackasses there.

    and they’re proud of it

  12. kingbuccaneer - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Next time one of these slime balls from TMZ asks KD a question he should just reply, “TMZ is the drizzled shi.ts of America.”

  13. capealava - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    “Oklahoma City has to get over their inferiority complex” What !!!!!!! The town lucked out Stern was such idiot and played Seattle for a fool. Otherwise no NBA, period. No expansion there, nothing. It would just be Oklahoma City. When Durant leaves the City goes back to reality. NOTHING

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