UPDATE: It appears that the full video shows Rapoport not shaken up at all, and it was nothing more than a stunt.
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 5, 2021
Michael Rapoport appeared to nearly break down into tears while discussing his feud with Kevin Durant, but things might not have been what they seemed.
Rapoport recently released private DMs from the Brooklyn Nets star, and the graphic messages resulted in Durant getting hit with a fine from the NBA. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think @KDTrey5 would be among them. The ???? himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America’s sweetheart right? #ImDaRealMVP pic.twitter.com/l1VQfGMMRF
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) March 30, 2021
It also resulted in Rapoport getting hit with a ton of attention, and he didn’t initially seem to be handling it well. During a Monday appearance on “Undisputed,” to talk with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, the actor appeared to fight back tears while talking about how people are being mean to him.
LMMAAOOOOOOOOO ROFLLLLLLL pic.twitter.com/wTPL97npWS
— BeatinTheBookie.com™️ (@BeatinTheBookie) April 5, 2021
Upon first lance, I thought that this had to be among the most pathetic interviews that I’ve ever seen in my life. How the hell can you go on national TV and appear to cry over people not being nice on the internet?
Even after finding it out it was a stunt, it’s such a soft look. Remember, it wasn’t Durant who exposed Rapoport’s messages. It was Rapoport who exposed Durant’s message.
If he doesn’t like the reaction, then maybe he shouldn’t leak private DMs that result in an NBA player getting fined!
NBA is fining Kevin Durant $50,000 for social exchange with actor, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 2, 2021
Clearly, Rapoport isn’t tough enough for the trenches on the internet. He shouldn’t take it personally. Most people aren’t molded for this lifestyle. The fact he faked crying on FS1 as a stunt proves that he’s definitely not.
Do better, Rapoport!
P.S.: I’ll go ahead and put my hand up and admit that he might have tricked me here. However, Rapoport can’t expect to pull a stunt like this and not have people drop the hammer on him. I guess he might be a way better actor than I gave him credit for because he really sold it.