'I spoke about the difference between my imagination and reality there in Delhi and about where the game is compared to the rest of the world.'
Basketball star Kevin Durant on Saturday apologised for calling India a "rough" country which is "20 years behind" the world but claimed his comments were "taken out of context".
After returning from his maiden India visit last month, Durant spoke about the trip in an interview with The Athletic website. The comments backfired and Durant was forced to issue an apology.
The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) took to Twitter to issue his apology.
"Sorry that my comments about India were taken out of context, I'm grateful for the time I've got to spend there and I'm really p***** about how my comments came off, that's my fault, should've worded that better," the Golden State Warrior player posted a message on his official Twitter handle.
In the interview, Durant said that India is 20 years behind the world in terms of knowledge and experience and the country is just a bunch of underprivileged people who want to learn basketball.
"It's a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball. That was really, really dope to me,” Durant was quoted as saying by The Athletic in an interview.
But he claimed that he only spoke about his imagination of India and what he actually saw after landing in New Delhi.
"I spoke about the difference between my imagination and reality there in Delhi and about where the game is compared to the rest of the world," he tweeted.
"No offense from this side. I'm coming back out there for more camps and cool s***. Sorry…."