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Video showing fans cheering over Kevin Durant’s injury was manipulated

June 13, 2019

CLAIM: Video shows fans in a Toronto bar cheering as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant’s June 10 injury is shown on a large TV screen. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video is from 2016 and was digitally altered to change the image that appeared on the big screen. 

THE FACTS: The original video shows fans at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, England, cheering over a soccer game during the Euro 2016 games. The video was manipulated to show Durant’s injury on the screen, and to make it seem as though Toronto Raptors fans watching the game in a bar were celebrating Durant’s injury of his right Achilles. Durant was hurt on the Scotiabank Arena court during Game 5 of the NBA finals on June 10. 

The video of the fans in Bristol has often been manipulated and shared online since it was first uploaded in 2016. Social media users have previously manipulated the screen  at the stadium to show a scene from the HBO TV show, “Game of Thrones.” 

Toronto Raptors fans did cheer in the Scotiabank Arena when Durant limped off the court, as reported Monday by The Associated Press. But the celebration depicted in the altered video was not related to Durant’s injury.

The altered video received thousands of shares online after it was posted by social media users and sports sites following the Golden State Warriors 106-105 win over the Raptors. 

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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