Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant recently called the comments he made on Sunday directed toward the Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan “childish” and “idiotic”.
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) September 19, 2017
On Tuesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic released Durant’s full response when asked about the Twitter exchange, which appeared to show that the superstar runs several Twitter accounts to engage with individuals that attack him online.
“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 Titter to engage with fans. I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little to far.”
The 28-year-old reigning Finals MVP has taken up much issue with Twitter trolls since he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors last summer. His decision did seem to pay off for him, as he finally captured that elusive NBA Championship trophy, but that hasn’t stopped people from attacking him on social media, ranging from downright unacceptable, to fairly humorous.
Can’t think of a single athlete I hate more than Kevin Durant currently. He’s more insufferable than Taylor Swift.
— Joshua Guerrero (@kid_charlemagne) September 19, 2017
CBS Sports reported that Durant often gets the snake comment and is willing to embrace it saying, “I get the snake comment so many times, I might just tattoo one of those on my arm.” Durant’s new Nike shoes, the KD 10 Finals, feature previous negative comments made about the forward on the shoe’s insole. Clearly another stab at his doubters.
Kevin Durant shakes off the snake comments pic.twitter.com/ToDAHN2ji4
— Hoops Nation (@HoopsNation_) September 4, 2017
It still remains a mystery why an eight-time All-Star, Finals MVP and absolute world-beater cares so much about what his doubters think. This Twitter exchange shows truly how far Durant is willing to go in order to defend himself on all levels. For this time being, Durant says that he plans to “scale back a little bit right now” when it comes to defending himself as it was “tough” to deal with.
Warriors star Kevin Durant’s tweet has since been deleted.https://t.co/giDWRG10Vy
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 18, 2017
The Warriors can be found starting their season at home against the Houston Rockets on Oct.17. This game will be the first time NBA fans will get to see the new duo featuring Chris Paul and James Harden playing together on the same team.