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KD explains why he didn't have fan tossed after pregame confrontation

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Warning: Story and video contains coarse language

Phoenix Suns superstar Kevin Durant explained why he didn't have a pair of fans ejected after one of them directed profane language at him prior to Thursday's contest against the Dallas Mavericks.

"My thing was like, even though you called me a b---- as I'm running out with my back turned, people usually do that, call me coward, b---- with my back turned, and it wasn't too many people around," Durant told reporters postgame, including Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic.

"I know you don't mean that, and I'm not going to get you kicked out because you paid your money for these tickets, you had a couple of drinks, and I understand how people get, but (there are) better ways to try to get my attention and talk to me other than call me a b---- out my name because you're protected in these arenas."

A fan called Durant a "b----" as he made his way onto the court for pregame warmups. The two-time Finals MVP immediately confronted the individual, and the sides conversed briefly.

Security moved to boot the fans from the arena, but Durant stepped in and allowed them to stay.

"I know the people want to pet the animals in the zoo, get close to the animals in the zoo, but once they get close, they realize you're real human beings, too. So you should treat us like that," Durant said. "I could've had them kicked out. Nah, don't put that on me. They just called me a b----.

"They didn't harm me. They didn't try to harm me, physically. Let them stay and give them something to think about going forward."

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