Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant praises Bucs running back Giovani Bernard for treating reporters ‘like a true pro’ after awkward locker room exchange in wake of his botched punt… as NBA star slams media for its ‘entitlement’
- The two-time NBA champion took to Twitter to criticize “the media” on Monday
- Durant also responded to a fan that “these reporters are so full of themselves”
- Bernard’s mistake in the third quarter on Sunday sparked a comeback victory for Cincinnati
- The 31-year-old tried to leave the Bucs locker room without asking questions
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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant praised Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard for handling his awkward exchange with two media reporters “like a true pro” after being questioned about a fake punt in Sunday’s 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals .
A clip of the NFL player went viral on social media after he stood to speak to reporters in the wake of what appeared to have been an altercation between the two parties.
“The court in this world has gone to another level,” Durant said on social media. “The media believe they are responsible for the popularity of the game.”
The two-time NBA champion responded to a fan who had tweeted that “these reporters are so full of themselves.”
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant applauded Bucs’ running back Giovani Bernard after he stood up for himself to reporters following a 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday
Bernard initially did not want to answer a fake punt attempt that he fumbled in the third quarter of Sunday’s game
After taking a 17-3 halftime lead into Sunday, the Bucs committed five straight turnovers in a nightmare second half to lose back-to-back games this month after being blown out by the San Francisco 49ers last week ( 7-35).
Unfortunately for Bernard, things started to go downhill for Tampa Bay in the third quarter after he botched a fake punt on a fourth-and-1 with 13:34 left on the clock.
The running back didn’t get a firm grip on the football and had to quickly come down on the loose ball for a two-yard loss at Tampa Bay’s 16-yard line. The Bucs held the Bengals to a field goal and still led 17-6 after that mistake. However, Bernard’s fumble started a series of mistakes that allowed the Bengals to get back into the game and outscore the Bucs 17-0 in the third quarter to take a 20-17 lead.
Cincinnati would go on to outscore its opponent, 31-6 in the second half.
Bernard’s Sunday didn’t seem to improve after the game as he tried to leave the Bucs locker room without taking any questions from reporters. As one approached, a sense of excitement followed.
The 31-year-old even dared to ask reporters why they wanted to speak to him when they rarely sought comment from him this season.
At one point, a reporter can be heard asking: ‘What have you done for us to talk to you about all year?’
Bernard has only appeared in five games for the Bucs this season due to an ankle injury, and ESPN’s Jenna Laine could be heard telling the player, “You were hurt all year!”
“Can I go to my family that I have outside?” Bernard then asked.
‘You can. Just don’t say we haven’t talked to you all year,” another reporter said in response.
Bernard, 31, has played in just five games for the Bucs this season due to an ankle injury
After moving on from the awkward exchange, Bernard fielded questions but repeatedly gave the same answer over and over again when asked about his fumble on the fake punt attempt.
“Miscommunication, that’s all it was on my end,” the ex-Bengals running back said. – I take full responsibility for that.
“It was all me,” he added when asked about his awareness of the play and whether the team had ever practiced it before.
Bucs coach Todd Bowles later confirmed that the team did not execute his idea as planned.
“He missed the ball,” said the 59-year-old. “Yes, we needed a garden. We had it. We practiced it all week. We just didn’t handle the football.
The Bucs are now 6-8 after Sunday’s loss, but remain atop the NFC South despite being under .500. Tampa Bay next plays the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day.