Raptors fans have been getting a lot of heat for those Kevin Durant injury cheers during the second quarter of the game on Monday night. According to NBC Sports, one person has issued an apology on behalf of all Canadians after fans appeared to celebrate Durant hitting the ground, clutching his lower right leg. The fan sent the Golden State Warriors flowers, accompanied by a hand-written note that condemned the crowd's behaviour.
The Golden State Warriors player made his return to the playoffs for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, but re-injured his leg (reports speculate a ruptured Achilles tendon) and was walked off the court at Scotiabank Arena.
The Raptors' fan base has since been publicly criticized by sports fans around the world. Up until that point, Canadian basketball fans had basked in the relatively immaculate reputation of being "polite" and "respectful".
"I hereby apologize on behalf of Canada -- prayers for recovery." A Raptors fan sent flowers to the Warriors as an… https://t.co/FsbjJjRe9j— Warriors on NBCS (@Warriors on NBCS)1560301134.0
After Monday night's game, however, the world's perception of Toronto fans took a turn for the worst. Even DeMarcus Cousins commented that the crowd's actions were "Trash. So trash."
"Trash. So trash. Like I said, we're only idolized as superstar athletes. Not human beings." – DeMarcus Cousins o… https://t.co/sGlMTtj4Wj— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1560260055.0
Raptors fans have been expressing their apologies to Durant and the Golden State Warriors on social media. But one anonymous Raptors fan took it to the next level by sending a floral arrangement tied with a ribbon that read "Canada is sorry KD" across it.
The flowers were sent to the Warriors' offices to apologize "on behalf of Canada", ensuring that the crowd's cheering didn't taint the Warriors' impression of Canada as a whole.
Social media users have been applauding the fan's gesture, calling the sentiment "classy" and criticizing the Raptors for not making an official apology to the opposing team.
@NBCSWarriors @KleinschmidtJD Kudos to this Raptors fan; It's huge to take responsibility for an ENTIRE fanbase; Th… https://t.co/l2ytyZyjf1— The Philistine_aka_TongueTied (@The Philistine_aka_TongueTied)1560301805.0
@NBCSWarriors @KleinschmidtJD To apologize on behalf of an entire country. Salute.— Mo ni QUE 🧚🏾♂️ (@Mo ni QUE 🧚🏾♂️)1560305012.0
@NBCSWarriors @KleinschmidtJD Blessed are the peacemakers.... 🙏🏽You are a Star in the Night🙌🏽— DineinwithDJ (@DineinwithDJ)1560310337.0
The public acclaim has triggered a domino effect of other Canadian apologies sent to the Warriors on behalf of the entire country.
This morning the students are working on messages of support and apologies to @warriors Kevin Durant. The behaviour… https://t.co/JVMb1meuIq— Sarah Emmett (@Sarah Emmett)1560263304.0
@MamaDurant Please accept our sincere apologies!! Very UnCanadian of us to behave that way!!! @KDTrey5 Wishing you… https://t.co/tEKxYCavS4— ♥ ~AudreyJL~♥ (@♥ ~AudreyJL~♥)1560271907.0