Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant was forced to make an embarrassing apology after he roasted his former organization, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on his main Twitter account when he apparently thought he was logged into an alternate anti-troll account.
The since-deleted tweets were posted Monday and saw Durant write in a bizarre third-person voice to take shots at OKC head coach Billy Donovan and the rest of the team in response to a tweet asking why he left the team.
“Kd can’t win a championship with those cats,” he wrote, seemingly unaware which account he was using.
On Tuesday, Durant explained to reporters at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 exactly what had happened.
“I use Twitter to engage with the fans. 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,” he said. “What I really love is to just play basketball, and I went a little too far. I don’t regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans at Twitter.”
“I do regret using my former coach’s name, and my former organization that I played for,” Durant conceded. “That was childish, that was idiotic, all those type of words. I regret doing that, and I apologized to them for doing that.”
Despite his mea culpa, Durant promised that he would continue interfacing with his fans on Twitter and other social media platforms, albeit in a diminished capacity.
“I don’t think I ever stop engaging with my fans,” he said. “I think they really enjoy it, and I think it’s a good way to connect us all. But, I will scale back a little bit right now, just focus on playing basketball.”