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No more Mr. Nice Guy: Kevin Durant fined $25,000 for “menacing gesture”

Apr 12, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is greeted by fans as he exits the arena after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah Reuters

I thought he was supposed to be the nicest player in the NBA?

But Kevin Durant has been fined $25,000 by the league $25,000 for making a menacing gesture, it was announced by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

It came on a play you may remember from the second quarter, with 1:45 on the clock Stephen Curry slipped by Russell Westbrook and drove the lane, but Westbrook recovered and made a huge block that ignited a fast break the other way.

Durant finished it with a dunk, and as he did gave a little stare to a nearby official and clapped a couple times going up court. At least that’s what I saw when I watched the play on a wide shot, but apparently he made a throat slashing gesture.

It was about as menacing as a Will Smith rap, but that gesture will get you fined.

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