Two days after appearing to send critical tweets in the third person about the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant owned up to his mistake.
A Twitter user on Sunday took screenshots of since-deleted tweets from Durant’s Twitter account in which he said that he left the Thunder because he didn’t want to play for head coach Billy Donovan and the team didn’t have enough depth.
The tweets and wording immediately fueled speculation that Durant used a second Twitter account under another name to reply to critical fans.
On Tuesday, after admitting to his mistake at the TechCrunch conference, Durant told USA Today’s Sam Amick that he was being a “total [expletive] idiot” when he sent the tweets and he regretted it.
“I own up to it,” Durant said, adding, “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.”
Durant said he fell asleep watching football, woke up, saw the tweets about his departure from Oklahoma City, and replied, but forgot what happened afterward. He denied using a secret Twitter account.
“No, (there’s) no different account. I was just on there talking … I fell asleep watching football. I woke up, had charged my phone, and I just happened to look on Twitter. And I see (the person’s comment that sparked his response), and I just don’t remember it. I remember what I said and how I said it, but I just forget everything else. I forgot everything else. I was only focused on that convo, and that was unfortunate. I look like an idiot.”
Durant said he hasn’t eaten or slept since the incident. He said reached out to Donovan to apologize and said he deserves ridicule from the incident.
“My peers are going to look at me like an idiot,” Durant said. “All the jokes – bring ’em. I deserve it.”
As Amick noted, Durant seemed truly remorseful for the incident, and though the tweets won’t help his relationship with the Thunder (whom the Warriors visit on November 22), at least he did not say anything critical of Russell Westbrook.