Father’s Day is usually a time for kids to pay tribute to their dads. Wayne Pratt decided to flip that tradition on its head this year by penning an emotional letter to his son, two-time NBA Champion Kevin Durant. In the letter, Pratt recounts their estranged relationship and thanks his son for forgiving him despite his own shortcomings.
Pratt left his wife, Kevin, and Kevin’s brother Tony when Kevin was just one-year-old. For the next 10 years, Pratt was an inconsistent presence in his family’s lives, only showing up on the rare occasion. Thankfully, Pratt was able to see the error of his ways before his kids were too old and made an effort to reconnect with his family. It wasn’t easy but Durant eventually forgave Pratt, and now the two are extremely close.
Which is why, for Father’s Day, Pratt decided to pen an open letter on the Undefeated to show his appreciation for his son’s patience, wisdom, and empathy. He began by owning up to his mistakes and giving credit to Wanda, Durant’s mother, for being there when he was not.
I thank God for your mother, who was there when I was not. My not knowing how to be a father and not having a father to show me how to be a father caused me to neglect my responsibilities to you and your brother.
He then thanked Kevin for having an open heart when he attempted to come back into his family’s life, as Pratt knows it is not what deserved from his son.
I regret missing out on your first day of school, your first haircut, holidays, and the first day you picked up a basketball. But I thank God daily for creating the opportunity for us to reconnect. I’m so thankful for you opening your heart at such a tender time. Every parent-child relationship has its ups and downs and we are no exception… Thank you for forgiving me and allowing us to have the great relationship we have today.
Finally, Pratt took the time to celebrate his son, as both a basketball player and a human being.
So today, this Father’s Day, I celebrate you, Kev. Not because you are a great basketball player, but because you are a GREATER son. Today isn’t about me. It’s about us and what we’ve accomplished through faith and love.