Kevin Durant has admitted to running an anonymous Twitter account which had insulted the his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The secret account had been discovered when Durant had replied a fan in 3rd person with his main account, instead of the anonymous account.
KD has secret accounts that he uses to defend himself and forgot to switch to them when he was replying to this guy I’m actually speechless pic.twitter.com/9245gnpa3c
— ? 1-1 / ✭ 1-1 (@harrisonmc15) September 18, 2017
“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said on Tuesday during a panel at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. “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.
“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.”
Durant had quit the Thunder and signed for the Warriors in last year’s post season, winning his first championship and first NBA Finals MVP trophy.
“I don’t think I’ll stop engaging with fans,” said Durant, who stopped short of admitting he uses alternate Twitter accounts to discuss himself in the third person. “I really enjoy it and it’s a good way to connect us all, but I’ll scale back a little bit right now and just focus on playing basketball.
“I’ll move on from that; it was tough to deal with yesterday. I was pretty mad at myself. Definitely want to move on and keep playing basketball.”
He also apologized particularly to the Thunder and then head coach, Billy Donovan.
“I played a little too much, and that (expletive) really hurt me,” Durant said. “To know that I affected Billy Donovan and the Thunder – like I love those people and I don’t never (want to hurt them).
“That was just me being a total (expletive) idiot. I own up to it. I want to move on from it. It probably hit me probably harder than what everybody (thought). Everybody else was telling me to relax, to snap out of it, but I was really, really upset with myself more than anything. It’s not the fact that people were talking about me, because I deserve that, but I’m just more upset with myself that I let myself go that far, you know what I was saying? It was a joke to me at first. I was doing it all summer, and it went too deep. I went too hard… I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it.”
“I look at my life as like a big playground streetball game, because I play in the NBA and I try to – when I think about playing in the NBA, that’s how small I try to make it, so I can control it and so I can really feel the joy of playing basketball,” he explained. “It’s just another way of me talking trash. Like I said, I took it too far, and I regret talking about Billy and the Thunder. It’s just stupid of me. I feel so bad about this (expletive), because I don’t never want to affect anybody else with what I say.”