Kevin Durant headline was unfair

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is many things. Unreliable is not one of them.
by Mike Sherman Modified: May 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm •  Published: May 1, 2014

Kevin Durant is many things.

One of the two best basketball players on the planet and the presumptive Most Valuable Player.

A positive role model for young people.

A great ambassador for the state of Oklahoma.

He is not “unreliable” and it was wrong and unfair for us to characterize him as such in a headline in Thursday’s editions of The Oklahoman. The headline, which appeared over a column by Berry Tramel, was not written by Tramel.

Irrespective of Durant’s play in the Memphis series, to write a headline suggesting that he had become unreliable, and to present it in giant bold type gave the wrong impression about Durant as a player, person and force in our community.

Beyond his MVP play and clutch performances, Oklahomans know Durant for his quick smile, friendly nature and public and private kindness.

We know him for his heart, strong faith and rock-solid character.

We know him for his generosity and the way he represents the state across the world. Will Rogers would be proud.

We are not proud of that headline.

We were wrong, and for that we ask Kevin, his family, the Thunder organization and you for forgiveness.

by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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