Supporters of the Toronto Raptors have come under heavy criticism for cheering as Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant suffered a season-ending injury.
Durant went down during the second quarter of game five, helped off the court by teammates Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry.
The star forward had returned after missing weeks with a calf injury early in the playoffs, long before the Warriors reached the finals.
He had been held out in an effort to return at full fitness, but rushed back as his Warriors fell to a 3-1 deficit with the series headed back to Toronto.
Fans in the crowd at the Scotiabank Arena who were cheering the injury were quickly told off by several Raptors players, including Serge Ibaka, Danny Green, and Kyle Lowry.
Unfortunately, fans outside the arena did not show the same class in the wake of Durant’s injury.
Footage from Jurassic Park, the Raptors’ official viewing area outside the arena, shows supporters cheering wildly as Durant was helped from the court.
Other footage posted to social media from bars around Canada showed a similar reaction.
Jurassic Park reaction to Kevin Durant's injury - NBA Finals pic.twitter.com/4zQV96zZ2s— Heart of NBA (@HeartofNBA) June 11, 2019
Some people are seen reacting disbelief, while many other could be seen cheering.
Durant, widely considered one of the top five players in the NBA, is likely to miss the majority of next season.
Warriors superstar Steph Curry said after the game that he didn’t understand the reaction to Durant’s injury.
“Very confused around that reaction,” Curry said.
“It’s not my experience with people of this city and I commend Danny Green and Kyle Lowry.
“I just hope that ugliness doesn’t show itself again as we go forward in this series.”
Durant was widely mocked in NBA circles when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency to join the Warriors.
Golden State had come back from 3-1 down to beat the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, only to have LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers flip the script in the Finals.
Many considered Durant weak for joining the Warriors after not only beating his former team in the playoffs, but also setting a league record for regular season wins, boasting a 73-9 record that season.