Kevin Durant Apologizes for Mean Tweets About OKC Thunder and Coach Billy Donovan (Video)
Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has apologized for throwing his former team and coach under the bus in a series of critical tweets over the weekend.
“I use Twitter to engage with the fans,” Durant said from the stage of a technology conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “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.”
On Sunday, in a series of interactions with NBA fans on Twitter, Durant had said he didn’t like the Oklahoma City Thunder as an organization, he didn’t like the team’s roster, and he didn’t like playing for coach Billy Donovan.
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Durant also offered a lengthy apology in an interview with USA Today on Tuesday. Here’s what he had to say to them:
“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 like an idiot. My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes—bring ’em. I deserve it.”
That’s a pretty solid self-flagellation. It probably won’t make Durant’s old colleagues in OKC feel any better, but it will go a long way toward repairing his public image.
So what about the theory that Durant has a fake Twitter account that he uses to argue with Twitter trolls? USA Today asked him about it point blank, and Durant said it isn’t true.
“No, no different account,” he said. “I was just on there talking. It kind of looked that way – it did kind of look that way.”
Apparently KD was just talking about himself in the third person like a huge tool.