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Raptors fans cheering Kevin Durant’s injury on Monday night has been called classless and was regrettably unCanadian.
Don’t we wish there was a way to do turn the tables, and do what we do best by saying “sorry?” Now there is.
A Raptors fan, Hamzah Moin, has started a GoFundMe campaign in support of Kevin Durant’s charity to apologize for what he says was the “ugly side of fandom” displayed by many fans.
Durant went down early in the second quarter of Monday night’s Game 5 against the Warriors, causing many Raptors fans to start cheering his departure. He was making a triumphant re-entrance into basketball after nursing a calf injury for over a month.
Although crowds soon turned the cheers into respectful “KD” chants, the initial damage was done, and it sparked strong condemnation on social media.
“On behalf of the level-headed and true fans of Raptor Nation – from Toronto to Vancouver to Iqaluit to St. John’s, and any fans living outside of Canada: we wanted to say ‘sorry,’” Moin wrote in the campaign’s description.
Moin continued by admitting that while “we’re hungry for the championship,” the behaviour did not reflect Raptor’s fanbase.
“This isn’t cool. This isn’t right. This isn’t what I expect from fellow Canadians,” he wrote.
“So I’d like to at least do my part in turning lemons into lemonade and showing the world how uncrappy we are.”
And he’s doing a good job. As of this morning, less than 24-hours since it started, the campaign boasts over 400 shares on Facebook and has raised over $3,000 of a $25,000 goal by just over 100 people, with donations ranging from $20 to $100.
The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation works to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic, and social programs, according to its website.
You can visit the GoFundMe campaign here. And if you want to say “sorry” a little bit more personally, you can always send the Warriors team flowers embellished with a ribbon that says “CANADA IS SORRY KD,” just like this one fan did:
"I hereby apologize on behalf of Canada — prayers for recovery."
A fan sent flowers to the Warriors apologizing for Canada's Kevin Durant cheers.
— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) June 12, 2019
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