Kevin Durant doesn’t regret his engaging and arguing with basketball fans on Twitter, but he does regret throwing former head coach Billy Donovan under the bus in his recent social media gaffe.
“I use Twitter to engage with the fans,” the Golden State Warriors’ prized cupcake said on Tuesday at a TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. “I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. But I happened to take it a little too far. That’s what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love: to play basketball.
“I don’t regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic—all those type of words. I regret doing that, and I apologize to them for doing that.”
Because the tweets critical of Donovan and Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were written in third person, many have speculated that he was attempting to argue with a fan through a separate account in which he could pose as a mere basketball fan.
“No, (there’s) no different account,” he told USA Today after leaving the TechCrunch stage. “I was just on there talking. It kind of looked that way—it did kind of look that way.”
This statement would be a lot more believable if he didn’t also own up to having a personal Instagram account—with which he anonymously and ruthlessly cursed out NBA fans. You know, the exact type of behavior he’s now being accused of showing on Twitter.
“I’m moreso disappointed in myself, that I was acting so childish,” he said. “What I thought was a joke is serious to everybody else, and I lost sight of that and I apologize for that. But I’m going to move on. I’m going to move on, and I’m going to play basketball. You can take what you want from it, do what you want with it, but it happened. I’m going to take it on the chin and move on.”