A GoFundMe page launched by a suburban Toronto man has raised nearly $30,000 for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.
The organizer, Hamzah Moin, said he started the fundraiser to support Durant after some Toronto Raptors fans seemingly reacted with joy when the Golden State Warriors star ruptured his Achilles in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. Durant had surgery to repair his Achilles on Wednesday.
The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Thursday night in Oakland, Calif.
"On behalf of the level-headed and true fans of Raptor Nation - from Toronto to Vancouver to Iqaluit to St. John's, and any fans living outside Canada: we wanted to say ‘sorry'," Moin wrote.
"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.
"This isn't cool. This isn't right. This isn't what I expect from fellow Canadians."
Moin set a goal of $40,000 for the fundraiser. Through mid-day Thursday in Toronto, it had taken in $27,649 from more than 1,000 donors.
On its website, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation says its mission "is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through education, athletic and social programs."
--Field Level Media