NBA star Kevin Durant apologises to India for "20 years behind" comment

Kevin Durant claimed that he only spoke about his imagination of India and what he actually saw after landing in New Delhi.
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Edited by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi 12 Aug 2017, 15:51:47 PM IST

Basketball star Kevin Durant today apologised for calling India a "rough" country which is "20 years behind" the world but claimed his comments were "taken out of context".  After returning from his maiden India visit last month, Durant spoke about the trip in an interview with The Athletic website. The comments backfired and Durant was forced to issue an apology. 

The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) took to twitter to issue his apology. 

In the interview, Durant said that India is 20 years behind the world in terms of knowledge and experience and the country is just a bunch of underprivileged people who want to learn basketball. 

Durant's imagination just didn't quite live up to the reality that the NBA star expected on his visit to the Taj Mahal. Durant's expression and comments were surely taken out of context but it was the spoken reality that hit the people harder.

"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. That was really, really dope to me,? Durant was quoted as saying by The Athletic in an interview. 

But he claimed that he only spoke about his imagination of India and what he actually saw after landing in New Delhi. 

"I spoke about the difference between my imagination and reality there in Delhi and about where the game is compared to the rest of the world," he tweeted. 

"No offence from this side. I'm coming back out there for more camps and cool s***. Sorry?.

(With PTI Inputs).

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