Only in a news climate so ludicrous as 2017’s could a storyline this farfetched seem so incredible:
The internet thinks Kevin Durant is arguing with trolls on a secret Twitter account.
Yes, you heard it right the first time. The cyber sleuths of the internet are whole-heartedly convinced the NBA champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant is wading into the annals of Twitter and Instagram to clap back at those who insult him, armed with the invisible cloak that are fake social media accounts.
This all started with one tweet from user @ColeCashwell calling out Durant for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors last offseason in the name of winning an NBA title. The move was unpopular in OKC since they’d nearly beaten the Warriors the season prior. (If you are unfamiliar with basketball, this would be like if Robb Stark left his army and said, “Winterfell’s cold AF and I like the idea of having endless gold so I’m gonna go be a Lannister now.”)
But the peculiar part of the situation wasn’t @ColeCashwell’s tweet, but rather, two particular responses posted by Durant’s verified account itself. They defended Durant, all while talking about the basketball star in the third person. You can see a screenshot of the tweets in the one below:
The tweets have now been deleted, but not before they lit basketball Twitter ablaze. Internet inspectors connected the dots on Reddit and claimed that Durant meant to reply to @ColeCashwell using a fake burner account to defend his own honor, thus hiding his identity when engaging in Twitter schadenfreude. SB Nation, it seems, uncovered a similar story involving Instagram.
No one has since taken claim for the tweets. Was it KD? Was it a mistake? Was it Russia? Who knows.
What’s important to note here is that Durant is well-trained in the art of the clapback. Over the entire offseason, Durant has been firing back at trolls with reckless abandon, providing Twitter commentary dripping in gold, such as this.
So while the internet is clamoring for the true identity of the trigger happy tweeter who posted those two messages, it’s incredibly likely that it might have just been someone else who had the keys to Durant’s account, arguing in his favor, all while forgetting to sign out of the verified account. Or it’s just a dude with an unconventional sense of humor.
(Or, side bar with me real quick. What if it’s actually Kevin, himself? Not arguing to defend himself, but arguing for the sake of arguing? What if instead of being insecure, he’s just petty? HOW AMAZING WOULD THAT BE?! PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE. Oh, you thought Durant was nondescript? You thought he really was cool with Westbrook calling him a cupcake? NOPE. You’ve been fooled! All your favorite Twitter personas are lies, a strange, alternate part of the internet exists, it’s the Upside Down online and the Demogorgon can shoot 3-pointers.)
Regardless, all of this just proves one unabashed truth: Basketball is the greatest sport on Earth.