Kevin Durant Apologizes for Twitter Faux Pas—But He’d Do It Again

It was far from the proudest moment of his career. Earlier this week, one of the Golden State Warriors stars, Kevin Durant, was caught red-handed as he tried to defend himself on social media.

Durant, whose Warriors won the championship this year, sent tweets Sunday to a fan who had asked for “one legitimate reason” why Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State last summer.

Durant responded in the third person, claiming “he didn’t like the organization or playing for [coach] Billy Donovan” and said that “his roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and [Russell Westbrook].”

Twitter users noticed that Durant seemed to have intentionally used an anonymous account. This was put to him Tuesday while on a panel at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco.

“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said, as quoted by The Guardian. “I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. 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.

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“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 apologize for that.”

Some fans of Oklahoma burned their jerseys with Durant’s name on the back following his departure last summer. But the 28-year-old went on to win the NBA championship in his first year, alongside Stephen Curry, with the Warriors.

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