An ESPN reporter’s response after Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant thanked God for his team’s victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday has drawn harsh criticism from the Twitter-sphere.
After the Thunder beat the Heat, ESPN reporter Doris Burke asked Durant about his particularly strong play of late. Wednesday night marked the 12th consecutive game in which Durant scored more than 30 points.
“Thank God, that’s all I can say. Jesus Christ,” Durant said.
Burke laughed. “You didn’t have nothing to do with it?”
“No. It’s all Him,” Durant said.
Some Twitter users responded with outrage and sometimes vitriol, many taking offense at Burke’s perceived scoff at the notion that an NBA player would credit God for his prowess. Some even called for the reporter to lose her job over the incident.
The reporter laughed when Durant said,"It's all God, not me. It's all Jesus Christ." Smh, that's terrible ESPN—
Ken (@kb_0124) January 30, 2014
Doris Burke laughing when Durant said, "all credit goes to god" really bothers me. Poor reporter overall and shouldn't be employed by ESPN—
Justin Lipps-Watson (@JustinLipps23) January 30, 2014