Raptors' Fans Brought Shame Upon Their Country With an Obnoxiously Upbeat Reaction to Kevin Durant's Achilles Injury
I'm sorry Toronto, but I tried. I thought long and hard about giving the benefit of the doubt to Canadian courtesy, but with every re-watch it became more and more painfully obvious that not even the most regionally inclined aren't without fail when it comes to putting aside sports' allegiances to show a baseline level of compassion.
Now, I'm sure most of the volume in a building that was already buzzing was due to the audibly shocking realization that an insanely impactful moment had just upped a passionate fanbase's chances of seeing and celebrating their first championship. That doesn't make it much better, of course, but expecting the entirety of Scotiabank Arena to go from raucous to respectfully reserved in a matter of seconds during what could have easily been the biggest night in its existence simply wasn't realistic.
What should have been a realistic, however, was for fans to stop themselves from offering the universally condescending gesture for "GTFO" to an opposing player in waving him into what sounds like it's going to be an extremely elongated offseason. I hardly think every eardrum-pounding decibel could be attributed to the disingenuous dickheads in attendance, but the primitive reaction of Jurassic Park didn't exactly lead me to believe that Raptors' fans cheer and jeer from some sort of moral high ground. The sins of the few (hundred) shouldn't exactly lead to the punishment of the many. However, when your reputation is righteous enough to put organized religion to shame it is going to take a hit when you get noticeably loud and proud in response to an opposing player hobbling to the hardwood.
Credit to Kyle Lowry and Danny Green for encouraging Raptors' fans to use their collective brain and do some damage control by starting a 'K-D!' chant while clapping him back down the tunnel, but said damage was already done. Hate to break it to you Toronto, but America ain't the only country with overly fanatical assholes who can't read a room when their favorite team is playing a meaningful game in it.