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Brooklyn Nets star Durant apologises for exchange with Rapaport

FILE PHOTO: Mar 21, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) walks onto the court during a time out during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has apologised for the language he used in a social media exchange with U.S. actor and comedian Michael Rapaport.

Rapaport on Tuesday shared images of the private messages sent to him on Twitter and Instagram by Durant which included homophobic and misogynistic language used by the NBA star.

“I’m sorry that people have seen the language I used,” Durant, who has not played since Feb. 13 due to a hamstring injury, told reporters on Thursday.

“That’s not what I want people to see or hear from me, but hopefully I can move past it and get back out there on the floor.”

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said the incident had been addressed in a private conversation with Durant.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Gareth Jones