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Kevin Durant came to Jemele Hill’s defense

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Both Durant and Hill have made strong political comments in recent months. When the latter was punished for doing so, the former came to her defense.

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The Golden State Warriors have been one of the most politically vocal teams in the NBA. Kevin Durant in particular has had some strong words about Donald Trump. Thankfully, Durant’s employer has not only appreciated his messages, but encouraged them.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Jemele Hill. The wildly talented ESPN anchor took to social media a few months ago to criticize Trump, stating that he “is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

After making that opinion public through Twitter, Hill was promptly suspended by ESPN, and was taken off SportsCenter hosting duties for two weeks.

Not surprisingly, a lot of people came to Hill’s defense. Turns out that Durant was one of them.

On a recent podcast with Sports Illustrated, Hill revealed that Durant sent her a direct message on Twitter, lauding her actions and saying that he had admired her for a long time.

Hill said of the exchange that, “Kevin Durant and I do not have a relationship at all. We know of one another. That just happens if you work at ESPN. They see you on TV and have a general sense of who you are. But he and I had never had a conversation about anything and to receive a message from him was definitely something that caught me off guard. I told him I appreciated it because it was not something he had to do.”

If you ask me, Hill and Durant are both pretty awesome, and greatly admirable.