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To NBA, a fine is just fine as Nets eye Kevin Durant’s possible return tonight

Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images The injury-riddled Nets anxiously eye Kevin Durant’s return to action, but many still have their eye on a homophobic put downs in a direct message beef with actor Michael Rapaport The big news in mainstream sports about Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is that he is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing 23 games with a hamstring injury when the Nets host the New Orleans Pelicans .

But the LGBTQ sports news regarding his direct messages to actor, and sometimes internet provocateur, Michael Rapaport, laced with homophobic put downs, still lingers . With Durant reported to be returning to action, it appears that the $50,000 levied on the longtime, outspoken LGBTQ ally by the National Basketball Association will be the only sanction against him .

And for the most part, the straight media has yawned.

In contrast, that fine has been criticized by voices within the LGBTQ community, including here at Outsports. Our Cyd Zeigler and Outsports deputy managing editor Alex Reimer strongly criticized the handling of the situation by the league and the teams in opinion pieces published after news of the feud first came to light. Kevin Durant used the most graphic […]

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