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ESPN’s Michael Wilbon Obliterates Kevin Durant For Calling Out NYC Mayor

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon obliterates Kevin Durant for calling out New York City mayor

Michael Wilbon is a sports journalist who has been with ESPN for over 30 years. He is most known for his work on the “Pardon The Interruption” show which he co-hosts with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Smith. On Monday, Kevin Durant was asked about New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s recent comments that were critical of President Donald Trump. Durant responded by saying that the mayor should be more concerned about people in need than commenting on him.

Kevin Durant hasn’t missed a beat since returning from an MCL injury on March 3. Since then, the Brooklyn Nets forward has averaged 32 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while attempting to help his club climb the Eastern Conference rankings.

Those are compelling reasons to make the news.

On March 13, however, KD pushed himself into the fray for all the wrong reasons when he made remarks regarding New York City mayor Eric Adams and the city’s current vaccination requirement.

Some of Durant’s criticism has subsequently been retracted. However, not before ESPN’s Michael Wilbon weighed in on the 12-time All-comments. Star’s

Following a Brooklyn Nets victory, Kevin Durant chastised Mayor Eric Adams of New York City.

ESPN's Michael Wilbon had some choice words for Brooklyn Nets' NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

ESPN's Michael Wilbon had some choice words for Brooklyn Nets' NBA superstar Kevin Durant. During a game against the Boston Celtics, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets looks on. | Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The drama arises from Nets player Kyrie Irving’s unwillingness to play at home, and it continues to do so. This time, though, it wasn’t even a home game.

Irving was not permitted to participate in his team’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, but he was permitted to attend. As a supporter.

Kyrie had a chance to be in the building (did he purchase a ticket?). (Can you tell me how this worked?) However, as an NBA player, he was unable to take the court.

Adams eased some of the city’s limitations, but the ones that would enable KD’s partner to participate remain in place.

Employees who work for a company located in New York must still get immunized. Irving is unable to play since he is an unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets employee.

According to SI.com, Durant was irritated by the regulation that allowed his teammate to attend the game but not play alongside him.

Durant remarked, “It’s insane.” “I have no idea what you’re talking about….” It really seems like someone is trying to make a statement or flaunt their power at this point. But everyone out here is searching for attention, and I believe that’s what the mayor is looking for right now.”

Wilbon wasn’t picking up on anything Durant was saying.

Michael Wilbon chastised KD for his “inappropriate” remarks.

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On ESPN’s NBA Countdown, Wilbon, Jalen Rose, and Stephen A. Smith examined Durant’s remarks. And the veteran NBA reporter didn’t mince words.

“Kevin Durant is much too knowledgeable and connected to say anything that obnoxious….” You want to call someone out, your teammate, and urge him to take a shot.

“All these men want to be so reckless and unreliable that they look at this person and say, ‘You want to play with us?’” ‘Give your arm a shot.’ It’s not about attracting attention with the vaccination. People were killed. Hundreds of thousands have died as a result of the infection.

“Do you believe the mayor of New York should respond to the requirements of a basketball team?” What are your requirements? Before he has to deal with the requirements of America’s largest metropolitan area? “Are you serious?”

Kevin Durant’s remark regarding NYC mayor Eric Adams, according to Michael Wilbon

Wilbon, unsurprisingly, was not a fan of what KD had to say.

Durant returned it, but Brooklyn’s predicament remained the same.

The next day, the Nets star issued a statement, apologizing for some of his harsher remarks and stating, “I do realize the burden the mayor has in front of him with everything the city has gone through.”

Vaccines and requirements notwithstanding, Brooklyn is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and has to start winning games.

Despite KD’s 32 and 10 stat line since returning, his club has only won two of the five games since his comeback. The Nets are closer to sliding to 10th place in the Eastern Conference (1.5 games) than the Toronto Raptors, who are in seventh place (three games).

Irving is unable to play in New York for a variety of reasons. As a result, Brooklyn’s second-best player is restricted to a part-time duty. And Ben Simmons, who was acquired in the James Harden deal, has yet to make an appearance.

Because his team’s season is on the line, Durant has to focus more on what’s going on on the court than what’s going on with vaccination regulations.

NBA.com provided all data.

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