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Kevin Durant explains burner account: ‘I wanted a place where I can talk to my friends without anybody just butting in my conversations’

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Kevin Durant’s various explanations for a burner Instagram account and a suspected burner Twitter account have left plenty to be desired.

So, the Warriors star is trying again.

Durant, via ESPN:

I wasn’t used to that amount of attention 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 used for my friends and family and just turned it over to social media, Twitter as well. 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 to C.J. or my friends from back home. I guess I tried to live a normal life out in the public, I guess.

The problem wasn’t Durant having a secret social-media account for family and friends (including C.J. McCollum). The problem was people catching remarks from those accounts that Durant seemingly wouldn’t want attached to his name. He was repeatedly arguing with fans as if he weren’t Durant himself.

There are also way better mechanisms for talking to closed groups of people – calls, texts, emails. Instagram and Twitter are designed to reach larger audiences.

In some ways, it’s sad a burner account or two sometimes overshadows Durant’s greatness as a player. But there remains a real fascination with Durant’s secretive social-media usage.

Until he better explains himself, that’s not going away.