Since joining Twitter almost eight years ago, Kevin Durant has, like most people, sent out a number of tweets that have come back to bite him later. But none have done it worse than a tweet he sent out back in July 2010, shortly after LeBron James made his "Decision" and announced that he was going to sign with the Heat to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
KD sent out this tweet about a week after LeBron revealed he was leaving the Cavaliers:
That tweet has since been retweeted more than 68,000 times , with quite a few of those retweets coming last summer after KD opted to leave the Thunder to join the Warriors. He was, in the eyes of many people, doing the same exact thing LeBron did in 2010 by abandoning Oklahoma City to team up with a bunch of superstars on Golden State. So some fans ripped him for being a hypocrite.
KD is the latest guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast, and while speaking with Simmons, he was asked about that tweet. "You took a shot at [LeBron] on Twitter, didn’t you?" Simmons asked.
And KD responded by saying that the tweet in question was not meant to be a shot at LeBron. Even though the timing of the tweet raised many eyebrows, KD contended that he was actually responding to something he read about Penny Hardaway wanting to join LeBron & Co. on the Heat to win a title and not the fact that LeBron was joining the Heat in the first place.
It’s kind of crazy that KD waited this long to reveal this, but he broke it down for Simmons and maintained that he did not mean for his tweet to be interpreted as a shot at LeBron:
"Let me clear this up, because a lot of people talk to me about, I took a shot at him on Twitter. If you go back and look at when I posted that, I posted that later in the month. You want to know why?
Penny Hardaway came out and said, 'I would love to play for the Heat, I think I could help them win the championship.' And I’m like, 'Come on, Penny. You’ve been out of the game. I played against you my rookie year. It’s like three years, man. What are you doing?' But it was a fake article. [Ed. note: The article first appeared in the Orlando Sentinel and does not appear to be fake.] So I tweeted that. And now everybody’s like, 'Well, you was criticizing LeBron.' I signed an extension right after LeBron decided to go to Miami, and a lot of people asked me about that. I said, 'Cool, for [the Heat]. We play them three times. I can’t wait to play them. It’s going to be cool.'
I didn’t criticize him. I was criticizing Penny Hardaway in this fake article I read. So a lot of people took that and ran with it."
They sure did. A lot of people are still running with it. And even though KD has offered up this explanation now, he probably waited too long to do it. So we wouldn’t expect that tweet to stop racking up retweets anytime soon.