Kevin Durant explains why he created burner accounts on social media
Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is very active on social media – and he’s not always posting as himself. During an episode of ESPN’s “The Boardroom,” Jay Williams asked Durant to give his side of the great Burner Twitter saga of 2017, and while Durant didn’t address his disguised responses to haters, the two-time Finals MVP said that he created the accounts to be able to communicate freely with family and friends.
“I try to live a normal life out in the public …”
– @KDTrey5 on his burner account pic.twitter.com/ql7vjEbtyx
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2019
“I wasn’t used to that amount of attention, you know, from playing basketball. I wanted a place where I can talk to my friends without anybody just butting in my conversations or mixing my words or taking everything out of context because I enjoyed that place.
… I had an Instagram account that I just use for my friends and family. Like, it’s a cool place for me just to be me instead of worrying about Bleacher Report or Barstool mixing up anything I want to say.”
So what went wrong? Well, Durant simply forgot to switch accounts when replying to people online in 2017. The result was Durant sending tweets that addressed himself in the third person.
Kevin Durant forgets to switch twitter accounts and basically explains why he left OKC. pic.twitter.com/wdp9V3Bdqf
— NBA News & Highlights (@CentreHoop) September 18, 2017
NBA fans roasted Durant over the mistake, and Joel Embiid even joined in to tease Durant over #BurnerTwitter.
JOEL EMBIID IS BETTER THAN MJ EVER WAS @QuireSultan #FACTS #BurnerTwitter
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) September 18, 2017
The incident hasn’t stopped Durant from continually firing back at his critics. Last July, Durant got into a lengthy argument with a teenager on Instagram.
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