Biden calls Durant after $1 million pledge
May 21st, 2013
06:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden calls Durant after $1 million pledge

(CNN) – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant got a phone call from Joe Biden Tuesday after the vice president received word of Durant’s million-dollar pledge to help relief efforts after Monday’s tornado.

The American Red Cross announced the matching donation from Durant’s foundation, which is meant to encourage others to support the relief efforts of the group.

“The Red Cross relies on its donors to perform its mission in relieving human suffering following disasters,” said Janienne Bella, the regional chief executive of the Red Cross. “Mr. Durant’s gift and support to Oklahoma comes at a time of great need and we’re forever thankful for his generosity.”


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    I'm now a Spurs/Thunder fan. Durant is a class act.

    May 21, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. pdx13

    God bless you Durant,and everyone else.

    May 21, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. pdx13

    God bless you Durant and everyone else.

    May 21, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Lisa P.

    Good for Mr. Durant! He's putting his money where immediate needs will be addressed the most quickly, and for the greatest number, without self-aggrandisement or ideological interference. That's what real charity is about - getting to work, getting the job done and staying out of the way.

    May 21, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. christine flugence

    Great player with a big heart. Awesome role model. God bless Oklahoma and Kevin Durant.

    May 21, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Cephus

    Thanks to The Lord!! There is still good people out there in million de gracias señor Durant.

    May 21, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein

    Has the GOP fundraiser matched the contribution? It is nice that he did that. I would hope that many more wealthy people would do other charitable contributtions for other social needs.

    May 21, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Very nice of Kevin and he has a good heart ,we all would help if we. Could !!!!

    May 21, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. art

    Ironic...with all the Millionaires in America, Mitt Romney and others they sure know how to hold onto their loot. Where is Palin, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, McConnel and others????? AMERICA FIRST, STEP FORWARD POLITICIANS! Guess you can't sequester Disaster...Oooops the GOPTP already Built SEQUESTER!

    May 21, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. hender1123

    And Durant would want to speak to Biden because ...............? The man did something commendable. Don't punish him.

    May 21, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Josh

    God bless you Kevin Durant

    May 21, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Ed1

    I guess you didn't call Foster Friess who challenged other people to match his million dollar donation that's right he is a Republican, not black, and not gay.

    May 21, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. Just a thought

    Good Job Kevin! NOW.....Let's see if we see charitable giving from the likes of Mittens, Koch Bros., Sheldon Adelson, Comb-over Chump (I mean Trump) use some of those Billions they have to help the citizens of Moore. I mean Oklahoma is a red-state thru and thru.

    May 22, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  14. Just a thought

    I honestly wouldn't expect to see generosity from the GOP/Tea folks...They just don't strike me as a group that really helps people when they are down...I could be wrong, but from all I ever hear they say "...you are on your own" I think Inhofe or Coburn said "we need to see matching spending cuts in order to give federal dollars for recovery".

    May 22, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  15. Getoverit

    I had respect for Kevin Durant.... Until now....

    May 22, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Wonderful! OK is going to need a lot of help and their repug politicians are not helping their cause one bit. Somebody needs to step up.
    Maybe cantor from VA can give them some money also since he is another one that doesn't like to help those in need.

    May 22, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  17. Name lynn

    Even joe thank kevin on donating one million dollars not the president call kevin because, obama is very busy an joe have his back we the people is praying for oklahoma victims.

    May 22, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA aka Take Back the House aka No Redemption Votes

    Great leadership KD.

    May 22, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |