Nets star Kevin Durant used a series of misogynistic terms and threatened Michael Rapaport during a barrage of confrontational private social media messages over the course of three months made public Tuesday by the actor.
The feud seemed to begin in December when Rapaport wrote on Twitter that Durant was “super sensitive about everything” in an interview with Charles Barkley and the “NBA on TNT” crew. It prompted private replies from Durant calling Rapaport a “b—h” and a “d—head.”
Rapaport didn’t back down from Durant and seemed to egg on one of the NBA’s greatest talents for a while by telling him to “go help the kids in Brownsville, Brooklyn and stop being a f—ing p—.”
But it appears to have reached the boiling point when Durant involved Rapaport’s family. Rapaport shared the messages with a snake emoji and said Durant “is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right?”
Durant, who has not played for the Nets since injuring his hamstring on Feb. 13, did not refute the messages came from him. Instead, he offered a strange defense of his behavior on Twitter: “Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed….My bad mike, damn!!”
He also wrote on Instagram, “I would never fight mike…The Portnoy thing was too far I see…my bad I apologize.”
Durant relentlessly went after Rapaport over a defamation lawsuit the actor filed three years ago against Barstool Sports. A U.S. Southern District Court Judge tossed out the lawsuit Friday. It was centered around a T-shirt depicting Rapaport as a clown with a red mark on his chin — which Rapaport claims insinuated he had herpes.
The crude terms used by Durant include telling Rapaport “all u do is c— suck other men for attention,” calling him a “piece of s–t,” telling him to “suck a d–k“ and adding “u called your lawyer like the p—y you are.”
At one point, in an undated message, Durant told Rapaport he would “spit in your face” and challenged him to a meeting on West 17th St. at 10 a.m. He also threatened to come by Rapaport residence if given the address.
Rapaport has two children with ex-wife, writer and producer Nichole Beattie, and re-married actress Kebe Dunn.
“Your wife mad as f–k cuz u wasting that little bit of money on a lawyers (sic) cuz u can’t take a joke,” Durant wrote with an exaggerated “haha,” before continuing, “how p—y are you. Your wife doesn’t even respect your b—h a–.”
Rapaport, a native New Yorker with more than 120 television and movie credits since the 1990s, went on ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” Tuesday to further the story. He admitted “a lot” of his own responses to Durant were omitted and implied that Durant might be not thinking clearly on pain medications.
“I first thought he was talking crap how he talks crap,” Rapaport said on air. “So, during that exchange, it went from friendly banter to he made threats, the threats that you read. And what’s excluded from the responses is me basically going, ‘Is this dude serious?’ ”
“And then I told him, ‘You’re not doing anything to me. You must not know who I am. You’re doing nothing to me. And if I see you, you’re doing nothing to me. And I promise you you’re doing nothing to me. And I’ll meet you anyplace, anytime. I’ll come courtside to your games. You, Kevin Durant, are doing nothing to me.’”
Rapaport rejected Durant’s notion of friendly banter.
“He started a conversation by saying, ‘I’m gonna spit in your face,’ ” he told co-host Peter Rosenberg. “You’re not spitting in my face. That’s not friendly banter. If I go, ‘Oh, Peter Rosenberg, yo, you look like you put on some weight,’ that’s ball-breaking. You’re not telling me we’re gonna spit in my face and then bring up my wife and think we’re cool. We’re not cool. We’re not cool.
“I finally was like, ‘You’re talking to me like — I don’t know what you’re talking to me like.’ Maybe I don’t know what he got his hands on out there in Brooklyn. I know he’s on pain medication. I don’t know. Who knows? I’m not saying anything. I’m just saying maybe he’s bored.”