Kevin Durant learned a hard lesson about criticizing former employers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant learned a hard lesson about criticizing former employers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant’s bizarre tweet takes its toll

Kevin Durant got caught doing something he shouldn’t have on Twitter last week.

In a hard-to-explain moment, the Golden State Warriors star responded in the third-person to another user who was asking him why he would leave Oklahoma City. He wasn’t complimentary of Thunder head coach Billy Donovan or reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.

“he didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan,” Durant tweeted. “His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and russ.”

On Tuesday, Durant confessed he made a mistake at a TechCrunch panel discussion.

“I don’t regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter,” he said. “I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic, all those types of words. I apologize for that.”

Durant maintained that he doesn’t have shadow accounts he uses to defend himself anonymously.

He told Sam Amick of USA Today that he expects people to make fun of him and that ever since he sent the offending tweet, his life has felt like a blur.

“I definitely have to move on and not worry about anybody on Twitter, even though it’s fun, you know what I mean?” Durant said in Amick’s piece.

The 7-foot scorer and Finals MVP has gone through a lot emotionally since leaving OKC for Oakland. He revealed to San Francisco Magazine that he regretted the move shortly after deciding to join the Warriors. He ultimately came around after meeting his new teammates, but it was a process.

“To have so many people just say, ‘Fuck you,’ that really does it to you,” Durant said in a cover story. “Because I truly had invested everything I had into the people I played for. … And for those people that I know and love and trust to turn their back on me after I was fully invested in them, it was just … more than I could take. I was upset.”

The Warriors play the Thunder in Oklahoma City for the first time of next season on Nov. 22.

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