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If you’re going to come for Kevin Durant — triple check the facts.
Shannon Sharpe is the latest analyst to fall for a fake meme-driven quote about Durant and his take on winning championships, as well as comparisons to LeBron James.
On Monday’s “Undisputed” on FS1, in which Sharpe serves as cohost alongside Skip Bayless and Jenny Taft, Sharpe discussed a quote that he had thought came from Durant.
The false quote, from an unverified Nets fan Twitter account, reads: “People try to discredit my rings, but honestly I feel like they’re the most valuable of our era. People argue (LeBron) is the GOAT, but if I beat him in back-to-back finals, then what does that make me?”
While discussing the baseless quote, Sharpe had this to say: “Kevin Durant thought by winning the title, people would regard him universally as the best player in the NBA. Better than even LeBron James. 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 shot in his building. What does that make me?’”
In true Durant fashion, he took to Twitter to put Sharpe on blast.
“Y’all drunk uncle out here lying again. When did I say this @ShannonSharpe ???????????????????????????,” Durant tweeted in response to a fan who shared a clip of Sharpe’s analysis, and wrote, “I don’t think [KD] said this.”
Durant wasn’t done with Sharpe yet.
On Tuesday, he took to Twitter to further clarify to fans that he had never recited the quote.
“Shannon went on tv responding to this note like I actually said this. Gullible fans will believe it, or say ‘you was thinking this anyway,’” Durant warned, adding that the quote “is comedy at this point.”
Durant later tweeted a screenshot to show that Sharpe had blocked him on Twitter.
Sharpe isn’t the only one to fall for the dreaded social media faux pas.
Back in October, ESPN analyst Jay Williams fell for a similar fake quote about Durant. Following the mix-up, Williams took to Twitter to apologize for receiving “poor information.”
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