Wednesday brought us the 25th ESPY awards (I know, I canât believe it, either), and host Peyton Manning didnât go 25 seconds into the show before starting to roast people. He made fun of John Cena, last yearâs emcee, as well as previous hosts, his brother Eli, the Knicks and many more, but theÂ two-time Super Bowl champion got his biggest reaction with a joke about Kevin Durant.
Well, Manning got a huge reaction from everyone in the room at theÂ Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles except for one attendee. Durant sat in stony-faced silence, apparently not amused at all.
And what was the ribbing that elicited such a noteworthy non-reaction? Manning said that the U.S. Olympic womenâs gymnastics team âwas so dominant that Kevin Durant told me he wants to play for them next year.â Take a look at how that went over:
Kevin Durant was not feeling this Peyton Manning joke AT ALL pic.twitter.com/kdXTr2gE1E
â Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 13, 2017
Russell Westbrook didnât offer much of a reaction, either, but it appeared that he might have been trying to hide a smile. On the other hand, Durantâs expression was so determinedly placid that some wondered if he was part of the act.
Big discussion in the audience here, on whether Kevin was in on the joke or notâ¦ https://t.co/TfoBy9J1cY
â Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 13, 2017
Durant, of course, famously jilted Westbrook and the Thunder in free agency last year for the Warriors, joining a team that had just won an NBA-record 73 regular season games and come within a dramatic Game 7 ending of winning two straight Finals. He gained a large measure of vindication by not only helping Golden State avengeÂ last yearâs painful loss toÂ Cleveland, but by earning Finals MVP honors in the process (Durant also went on to win a Best Championship Performance ESPY Wednesday), only to be reduced by Manning to a line he may have thought had long ago lost its punch.
The ferocity of that line hit home for many observers, though, as the Internet lit up with much more animated reactions than that offered by Durant.
Peyton Manning really the GOAT for this. pic.twitter.com/OenJ3CjvRE
â NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) July 13, 2017
Mama Durant even knows KD got roasted. Daaaaaamn son. pic.twitter.com/7lYhCP6tBJ
â Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) July 13, 2017
Kevin Durant: “I won ring AND MVP now .. they have no choice but to respect me!”
â Androgynous Royalty. (@VigorousMental) July 13, 2017
â simone (@TennesseeHoney_) July 13, 2017
Grab the whole team and tell them Peyton getting jumped after the show pic.twitter.com/NTLNiVTBjA
â (@Dr_Sweets23) July 13, 2017
When you realize Peyton Manning wouldn’t have roasted you if you just joined the Wizards pic.twitter.com/R6s0uZj0VZ
â Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) July 13, 2017
If it makes Durant feel any better, at least itâs not like anyone can say, âPoor KD, he just canât win.â Still, the superstar forward, who took many millions less than he could have this offseason to help the Warriors,Â couldnât have been thrilled about taking a huge âLâ on national TV Wednesday.