Michael Rapaport is trying to put the genie back in the bottle regarding his social media feud with Kevin Durant, but it’s too late for the Nets star.
“I feel bad about it,” Rapaport said Friday on Instagram, shortly after Durant was fined $ 50,000 by the NBA for vulgar messages he sent to the famous actor. “I feel bad for my participation in the situation. I feel bad for having come so far. I met him once. It was great, cordial. I’m a fan. I knew him as a fan. “
Rapaport, 51, took a different tone from Tuesday, when the Manhattan native posted private messages from Durant that were filled with crude, misogynistic language and physical threats.
The two had started arguing on social media because Rapaport wrote on Twitter that 32-year-old Durant was too “sensitive” in a December interview with Charles Barkley and the “NBA on TNT” team.
“This all got a lot more attention than I thought,” said Rapaport, who shared the messages with his 2.2 million Instagram followers and went to ESPN Radio to discuss the dispute online.
Durant has since apologized to Rapaport on social media and later said at a press conference that he regretted that his fans saw him use that language.
“The funny thing is that he actually came up to me to do something that I call on social media ‘The Shame Game’ – put people who speak on social media to the max,” said Rapaport, who a It is often seen on the court in NBA games. “That was actually the way we met.
“This is not the first time I have posted (direct messages) from people,” Rapaport said. “It’s funny, when people say anti-Semitic things about me, they say racist things about me, they threaten me, and they are Joe Schmos, everyone loves it. But when it was Durant, people have 400 opinions: ‘I’m a rat.’ Fuck all that rat. “
While Durant initially said that he and Rapaport “talk CRAZIER than this on a regular basis,” and that he was surprised Rapaport posted the messages, the actor said the messages were far from being a friendly joke.
“That’s not locker room talk,” Rapaport said. “Those are threats that were made over and over again. It has been going on for months. Tuesday this week caught me on a bad day. That said, in my opinion, the whole situation got out of proportion. I do not premeditate or invent my behavior or my rants on social media. They come from the intestine.
“I know I have lived and learned from this situation,” Rapaport said. “I have had to deal with ramifications that I will keep to myself. I know it has. I feel bad about it. But it is what it is and we have to move on. “