Kevin Durant made waves on Monday, as his misuse of Twitter led to some accidental bashing of Billy Donovan and the Thunder. Using what he presumed to be an alternate account, he explained through his official handle that he left Oklahoma City because “he didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and Russ.”
The entire thing was really strange.
Speaking at Tuesday’s TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco, Durant acknowledged his mistake and apologized to Donovan and the Thunder organization. Check out the video via Anthony Slater:
Kevin Durant calls his criticisms of Thunder, Billy Donovan “childish” and “idiotic” at Tech Crunch in SF pic.twitter.com/2Y0zwWyDKi
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 19, 2017
“I have another Instagram account, but that’s just for my friends and family. So I wouldn’t say I was using it to clap back at anyone. I use Twitter to engage with fans. 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.
I don’t think I’ll stop engaging with fans. 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.”
Kudos to Durant for owning his mistake in the “But I Was Hacked!” era, although I doubt it goes away entirely. Regardless — this particular route was unexpected, so I’ll take it.