Durant 'sorry' for India comments
LOS ANGELES, USA – NBA star Kevin Durant has apologized for comments about his trip to India which he described as "20 years behind" the times and resembling an American slum.
The Golden State Warrior player was in India recently to hold a series of basketball camps. On Friday, August 11, he apologized in a tweet and said he is looking forward to going back.
In an interview with The Athletic, Durant said he expected the comforts of an oil rich nation and he didn't think he would see muddy streets and people living in ramshackle homes around the Taj Mahal.
"As I was driving up to the Taj Mahal, like I said, I thought that this would be holy ground, super protected, very very clean," he said. "And as I'm driving up, it's like, s—, this used to remind me of some neighborhoods I would ride through as a kid.
"Mud in the middle of the street, houses were not finished but there were people living in them. No doors. No windows. The cows in the street, stray dogs, and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world."
Durant said it felt like he was going back in time.
"I'm thinking I'm going to be around palaces and royalty and gold — basically thought I was going to Dubai," he said.
"Then when I landed there, I saw the culture and how they live and it was rough. It's a country that's 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations.
"Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball." – Rappler.com