Kevin Durant Leaves Warriors Hanging To Curse Out Ref And Get Ejected

Bryan Brandom
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A battle between two of the lengthier freaks in the NBA to see who can wrap their arms around their torsos more times was cut short on Thursday, when Kevin Durant castigated an official so thoroughly he received two technicals and an automatic ejection before halftime of his matchup with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

After a no-call on a drive, Durant approached referee Tre Maddox. It sounds like the 2017 NBA Finals MVP asked Maddox, “Yo, you didn’t see that f—— foul?” before stepping closer and adding, “Call the f—- foul you bitch-ass motherf—–!”

All while his Golden State Warriors teammates were still trying to score.

Durant’s petulance has dramatically increased in his second season with the Warriors. This year, he leads the NBA with five ejections, two more than any other player; the Warriors lead the league with 10 overall. In the 10 seasons prior, Durant was ejected just twice. He’s been complaining about basically everything ever since people neglected to give him credit for winning a championship with a team that could have replaced him with a paper bag full of nail clippings and still would have claimed NBA supremacy; a team that’d won 73 games without him a year prior.

“I got fouled and I told him how I felt about it, and he kicked me out. It’s pretty simple,” Durant said of the ejection. “It felt like earlier in the game, too, I was going to the rim and it was an easy call they missed. Then that was the second one I felt like they should have called. It happens. It happens when you let your emotions get into it. Definitely wish I could have finished the game out, but I’ll be in practice tomorrow.

“It’s usually just bad calls that I’m protesting. … Is it a character flaw that I get thrown out of games? I hope not. I hope you don’t look at it that way. It’s mainly just foul calls that I think are wrong, and I tell them about it, and they don’t like how I say it. But I could definitely talk to them a little better, I guess.”

The Bucks won 116-107.