One of the many things synonymous with NBA superstar Kevin Durant is Twitter.
Durant is one of the most outspoken players in all of sports and constantly interacts with fans online. Sometimes from multiple accounts.
After joining the Warriors -- in what fans around the league still believe to be a controversial move to this day -- Durant was seemingly caught using a burner (secret) Twitter account in reply to outspoken fans.
The conspiracy quickly picked up steam, and it later was confirmed by Durant himself that he in fact had multiple burner accounts.
"I still have burners that I use for sure," Durant said on Alex Rodriguez's "The Corp" podcast last year. "I have a burner Twitter account still. When people use that burner thing against me they only thought I was on there just to talk s--t. I was really indulging in a lot of different communities on my burners. When I deleted it, I was like ‘These people really made me delete what I enjoy, which is my burner account.’ So, I got another one."
Fast forward to today, and Durant continues to defend his use of burner accounts. In a Bleacher Report interview with former Warriors teammate Draymond Green, Durant explained why he was led to make the accounts.
“One thing I love about the burner account is that everything you said on the burner account, you went and said on (your real account)," Green said. "A lot of people don’t like it, as most people (say). They don’t like how you respond to some fans or how you respond to this or how you’re always tweeting."
NBA Twitter notoriously has been toxic at times and reached its peak when Durant shocked the basketball world and signed with Golden State in the Summer of 2016 after the Warriors NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I just think people are still upset that I went to the Warriors," Durant told Green. "A lot of people who are [Cleveland Cavaliers] fans who enjoyed watching the Cavs beat y’all before, which is a lot of people. I didn’t realize. I saw a lot of people who enjoyed watching y’all lose in 2016.
Durant, although probably not the only player in the league with a burner account, engages in online back-and-forth as much as some of his peers in the league.
"A lot of those people were upset that we were so good, and they’re still upset because you do the same s--t on Twitter," Durant said. "Damian Lillard does the same s--t on Twitter, CJ McCollum does the same s--t on Twitter. We all do the same s--t on Twitter. But for me, it’s a problem. I chalk it up to me being so good at what I do and playing with a team that was so great.
"We fit so well, and nobody likes a great thing. I was the cause of that great thing because I came and joined. It’s way deeper than what I do with Twitter, and I understand that."
Durant and the Warriors created the ultimate "Super Team," reaching the Finals each of the three years he was with Golden State.
As many believe it to be the best era of basketball, Durant claims that the negative tweets he receives online is in large part due to his decision in 2016.
“That’s what it is," Durant said. "So many people are still upset with me that I chose to play basketball with the Golden State Warriors. It’s sad at this point because it’s (been so many years) since I made that decision. That’s never going to stop me from engaging with fans, because at the end of the day I'm only talking about basketball."
Durant certainly enjoys Twitter and the anonymity that comes with a burner account. At the end of the day, he believes that it's not hurting anybody.
"I’m not diving into politics, I'm not telling you how you should live, I'm not flexing my money or my power or none of that," Durant said. "I’m literally talking about the game and what I see. I don’t think it harms anyone.”