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At long last, Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant has shared his reason for using burner social media accounts.
While appearing on the ESPN+ show “The Boardroom,” former basketball player and ESPN basketball analyst Jay Williams asked Durant, “Can you break down the burner account for me? Because it broke the Internet.”
Williams was referring to the revelation of Durant’s use of a Twitter account other than his @KDTrey5 handle, after he accidentally used his public account to trash Billy Donovan and his teammates from his days playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the incident, Durant said in a GQ profile that he was groggy, and that’s why that happened.
But now he’s talking about why he even uses alternate accounts (called burner accounts in Internet speak) in the first place.
“I wasn’t used to that amount of attention, you know, from playing basketball,” Durant admitted. “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.”
The clip, which seems to be edited either for the show or a promotion of the show, and shows Williams pushing Durant to talk about it more. “How did you come up with that idea, though? Were you just like, ‘Yo, I’m just going to create this account.'”
Durant revealed that he had an Instagram account that he used for friends and family (this, in Internet speak, is called a “finsta”). That’s because he wanted to have conversations with people in his off-the-court life without worrying about it getting written about in Bleacher Report or Barstool Sports.
“I [tried] to live a normal life out in the public, I guess,” Durant shared with a chuckle.
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