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Fragrant foul on Justin Anderson was just “bad timing”, says Kevin Durant

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What did Kevin Durant say about his first career post season ejection during game 4 win over the Dallas Mavericks? The Oklahoma City Thunder All-star said that the fragrant foul wasn’t intentional, rather happened due to “bad timing.” The league later announced that Durant has been fined $15,000 for the incident.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt him,” Durant said after the game. “Plenty of plays this season where I blocked shots like that from behind. Just unfortunate I fouled him over the head. It was a flagrant, even though I wasn’t trying to intentionally foul him. The refs had to make a decision and they made the right one. It was just bad timing. I wasn’t trying to hurt him.

“What happened tonight was unfortunate. I didn’t mean to flagrant foul Justin Anderson.”

With 50.6 seconds left, Durant’s forearm hit rookie Anderson’s face. After review, it was tagged as a fragrant 2 foul which meant automatic ejection for the OKC star. Further disciplinary action on Durant, including suspension was possible. Durant though escaped suspension. Russell Westbrook and Durant were both fined by the league for separate incidents during OKC’s game 4 win over the Mavs, reports the Fox Sports. Westbrook was fined $25,000 for directing abusive language to a fan on the same night.

Durant also said he apologized to the Mavericks’ rookie Anderson via text following the game. Durant tapped his chest toward the Mavs bench after his ejection saying, “My bad”, according to the ESPN.

Durant and Anderson are both former students of Montrose Christian High School. Following the game, both took a picture together with Stu Vetter, their coach at Montrose.

Asked whether he thinks that Durant’s intent was malicious, Anderson replied: “I have no clue. I haven’t talked to him about it.”

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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