If you’re going to embrace debate, you should also embrace fact-checking.
During Monday’s edition of “Undisputed,” FS1 analyst Shannon Sharpe discussed recent comments made by Nets star Kevin Durant about how continuing his development as a player is a bigger motivating factor than winning championships. Sharpe told fellow take-haver Skip Bayless that Durant only feels this way now because he placed a premium on rings when he joined the Warriors in 2016.
There was nothing particularly interesting about Sharpe’s commentary — the topic of Durant joining a 73-9 Golden State team has been covered from a million different angles — but one section of his monologue did catch Durant’s attention.
“Kevin Durant thought by winning the titles everybody was gonna regard him as universally the best player in the NBA, better than even LeBron James,” Sharpe said. “But very few people were willing to go there. And then he’s like, because he said it, ‘If LeBron James is the GOAT, I beat the GOAT twice, and hit the shots in his building. What does that make me?'”
So, here’s the thing … Durant didn’t say that. Sharpe was referencing a fake quote that has been floating around the Twittersphere for quite some time. In fact, ESPN’s Jay Williams was fooled by the fake quote just last year.
Durant tweeted out his frustration, calling Sharpe a “drunk uncle” and noting that “gullible fans” will believe he actually uttered those words.
Sharpe finally addressed Durant directly, telling the two-time NBA Finals MVP that he would be open to having a private conversation.
It was a strange response considering that Sharpe had spread inaccurate information on a national sports network, which Durant was happy to point out.
Apparently that was the last straw for Sharpe, who ended the chat and blocked Durant on Twitter.
Congratulations to the “Undisputed” producers. No need to figure out what the A block will be on the next episode.
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