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Olympian Kevin Durant and The Cheers of a Father
The Washington Post reports that Kevin Durant, the U.S. Olympic basketball player, has not always had a responsible dad in the home. When Durant’s dad was 23 years old, he “wasn’t ready for the responsibilities” of having two young boys, reports the Post. It would be around the time of Durant’s first birthday that his father would leave the family.
Pratt, Durant’s dad says of himself, “I felt like I was immature, selfish, I was young. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.” But Pratt worked on the relationship after having left the family for more than a decade. Its taken a long time, but Pratt has re-entered Durant’s life. The Post reports that while Durant was in high school, he and his father traveled the country together to basketball tournaments and showcases.
“I just gave them everything I had; I mean, I emptied the tank,” Pratt says. “There wasn’t a place I wouldn’t go; there wasn’t nothing I wouldn’t do. Wherever I needed to be, I would go.”
Despite Durant making $25 million a year as one of the NBA’s best players, Pratt continues working as a U.S. Capitol Police officer at the Library of Congress. “It’s never too late to be your kid’s father; it’s never too late,” Pratt says. “You have to try, we all make mistakes. But, you have to get back in there and fight. These young men really need us.”
Read the full Washington Post article.
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