Raptors fans' cheers after Durant injury 'overstated,' Toronto mayor says
Mayor John Tory, centre, joins Raptors fans at the Jurassic Park fanzone outside of Scotiabank Arena at halftime during game Game 5 of the NBA Final between Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors in Toronto Monday, June 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:01PM EDT
Toronto Mayor John Tory says Raptors fans' cheers when a star Golden State Warriors player got injured in last night's nail-biter game are being "overstated."
Large sections of Raptors fans at the Scotiabank Arena initially cheered when Kevin Durant went down clutching his Achilles tendon, prompting several Toronto players to wave their hands to get the crowd to stop.
Many in the stands soon started clapping instead and muted "K-D" chants could be heard as Durant was helped off the court in the second quarter.
Tory said Tuesday that he was in the arena at the time and that Durant "very quickly" got a warm round of applause as he was led to the dressing room.
The mayor said that while any crowd may contain some who react the wrong way, the "vast majority" of people at Monday's NBA Finals game acted like good sports fans.
He said it's important not to overblow such incidents or make generalizations about what Toronto sports fans are like.