The NBA has slammed a Nets player for an NSFW altercation with a fan.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets has never been one to remain silent when challenged or insulted.

He's yelled at fans during games on multiple occasions, had an online feud with actor Michael Rapaport, and famously started several fake Twitter accounts in 2017 to deflect criticism of his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

So it should come as no surprise that during their game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena, the two-time champion had some choice words for a fan who was heckling him.

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After being heckled during a Nets game in Atlanta, Durant was fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing obscene language toward a fan.

On Friday night, during a game between the Nets and the Hawks, a fan recorded an interaction between him and Durant in the final seconds of the second quarter.

"Durant, stop crying," a fan yelled as Durant's teammate James Harden inbounded the ball.

Durant responded, "Shut yo a** up mother******," when he heard the fan. While Durant will not be suspended for the incident, the fine is still significant.

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Fans heckling and yelling at athletes in all leagues has been a part of sports for as long as sports have existed, but it has recently become a concern in terms of player safety.

And in many cases, these fans are only given a slap on the wrist and suffer minimal consequences as a result.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement to Chase Hughes of "NBC Sports Washington" in response to three incidents of fans disrespecting players during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, including a Knicks fan who spit on Hawks point guard Trae Young and a fan who dumped popcorn on then-Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook.

"No one will get away with something like that," Silver said.

"You're going to be caught, you're going to be banned from an arena, and in some cases, you might face criminal charges if your behavior rises to the level of an assault or something the cops will notice."

We're getting closer and closer to the NBA All-Star break as the season progresses.

And at the star-studded game, one Nets player could make a cameo appearance.

The Nets have benched Kyrie Irving after he refused to take the COVID vaccine, which is required to play indoors in New York City.

However, in Cleveland, where the 2022 All-Star Game will be held, there is currently no vaccine mandate, making Irving eligible to play.

"That leaves open the possibility that the Nets star will make his first, last, and only appearance in the All-Star Game this season; it's unlikely and seems crazy, but it's pretty much par for the course with Irving's year."

Despite all of the turmoil the Nets have experienced this season, they still sit alone atop the Eastern Conference.

In their next game against the Toronto Raptors, they'll try to extend their lead.

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