In the wake of the backlash against Raptors fans for celebrating the Kevin Durant injury during Game 5 of the Finals, one Toronto man wants to make things right. Hamzah Moin has raised thousands of dollars through a fundraising campaign to prove to Durant that Toronto Raptors fans truly feel bad about his injury. The goal of the campaign is to raise $25,000 for the Golden State Warriors player's charity that supports youth in need.
Moin told The Toronto Sun, "There was something in the air when he went down that didn’t feel right. The fan reaction didn’t feel representative of true Raptors fans. It’s not as much an apology as it is trying turn this into a positive."
It took no more than 24 hours for Moin to raise $2,700 for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. The contributions continue to rise, especially after Moin appeared on Newstalk 1010 this morning. Moin claimed he "felt a momentum happening", and asserts that regardless of how much the campaign raises, it's simply a nice gesture.
According to The Toronto Sun, the campaign likely won't get as much international media coverage as the crowd celebrating Durant's Achilles injury, even though it deserves to, since "the truth is, no one around here was enjoying Durant being hurt."
The campaign's GoFundMe page references the level-headed and true fans of Raptor Nation from across the country - from Toronto to Vancouver to Iqaluit to St. John's, as well as the fans living outside Canada. On behalf of them all, Moin expresses that "we wanted to say 'sorry.'"
"We're sorry that some fans of Raptor Nation at the Scotiabank arena, Jurassic Park, and in some bars/restaurants showing the game, displayed an ugly side of fandom when they cheered on the injury of Kevin Durant."
He goes on to say, "This isn't cool. This isn't right. This isn't what I expect from fellow Canadians."
Moin doesn't want there to be any doubt about it: Durant should know people in Canada want the best for him as he recovers.
"He’s put his blood, sweat and tears in this beautiful sport. Let’s give back to something he’s passionate about – helping to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation," the GoFundMe page says.