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VIDEO: Kevin Durant fined $25K for “menacing gesture” in post-dunk celebration

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: April 12, 2013

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Channelling his inner-Chad Johnson (Bengal days), Kevin Durant came up with a new post-dunk celebration. And channelling his inner Roger Goodell, David Stern has fined the Oklahoma City star for it.

After an impressive open court slam (shown above) in Thursday night’s 116-97 win over the Warriors, Durant went with the throat slash and bow. It’s tough to see in the quick clip, as the celebration was brief and stunted (KD had to get back on defense).

But you can clearly see the quick throat slash, labeled as a “menacing gesture” by the NBA, deserving of a $25,000 fine. It was the first time Durant has been fined in his six-year NBA career.

“Kill ‘em and pray for ‘em after the game,” Durant explained in his postgame interview, before the fine was levied. “It’s nothing against the team I’m playing against. Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game.”

{Insert KD Is Not Nice joke here}

And, as they do with almost anything in the sports world these days, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith had an opinion on the subject. If you feel so inclined, check the video below. And if you don’t, well, replay the video above and enjoy the incredible play, complete with a celebration we’re likely never to see again.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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