Jalen Rose RIPS hypocritical media & fans: “Everybody’s fake acting like they care about KD’s best interest when they don’t. It’s phony to me.”

Jalen Rose blames media, sports culture for Kevin Durant’s injury in passionate segment

” ‘People will bring you flowers to your funeral but won’t bring you soup when you’re sick’. That’s what I’m seeing for KD right now.”

Jalen Rose blames media, sports culture for Kevin Durant’s injury in passionate segment

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ESPN’s Jalen Rose went off on fans and analysts who he claims are pretending to care about Kevin Durant’s best interest after he made a questionable return to the NBA Finals and suffered what looks to be a severe Achilles injury on Monday night.

Before Game 4 on Friday, Rose reported that he did not believe Durant would make a return in the Finals, as he had learned that Durant’s on-court session the day before “did not go well on any level.” Durant was eventually cleared to practice on Sunday, but a video of Durant appearing to walk with a limp on his way to practice quickly went viral, and Durant did not practice very long, according to reports.

Durant was impressive in the first quarter for the Warriors, scoring 11 points and hitting three 3-pointers, but was forced to leave the game in the second quarter.

On Tuesday, Rose said that the toxic culture created by fans and the media – one where many fans had labeled Durant ‘soft’ for sitting out the first four games of the Finals, while countless analysts have been urging him to leave in free agency this summer to prove he can carry a franchise – forced Durant into a position where he had to return before he was ready.

“One, I blame the overall culture of sports. There’s a herd mentality that takes place when you’re a professional athlete… If the Golden State Warriors were up 3-1, KD would not have returned. But since they were down 3-1, he was forced to return based on all of the chatter that we knew was going to take place. ‘He’s soft, he really didn’t want it, he wasn’t committed to the team. Oh, and he was leaving anyway.’ And he knows that. That’s why he decided he wanted to come back.

There’s a group called State Property that I loved growing up. And one of the things, I think it was Oschino and Sparks said: ‘People will bring flowers to your funeral but don’t bring you soup when you’re sick.’ That’s what I’m seeing for KD right now. Everybody fake acting like they caring about KD’s best interest when they don’t! It’s phony to me.”

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