Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. can understand why Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant created a fake Twitter account to bash haters. It can be a lot for an NBA player to handle.
“I would 100 percent say that I’ve had the urge to get a fake Twitter, but I never did it,” Oubre told CSN Mid-Atlantic. He continued:
But Kev, at the end of the day with people, it’s the whole world attacking him for the decision he made and he succeeded off his decision. Sometimes people get fed up because at the end of the day, we’re just like everybody else. We might be at this pedestal, our talents might have gotten us to a certain place, but we’re human beings. We think the same as other people. We do the same things as other people. So, he pretty much said that “I’m one of y’all.” All I do is just play basketball better. That’s probably why he got the urge to get a fake Twitter, man. People feel like they can say whatever they want to us and us not say anything back because technically we can’t. But it’s still not fair for people to take advantage of us, man. I respect Kev.
At 21, Oubre said he’s had to deal with his share of ribbing since joining the NBA. He said it’d be crazy to walk into an arena and hear the crowd yelling, “Fuck you.”
But the taunt that Oubre says he hears the most is perplexing even to him.
“People call me a lesbian a lot. They think I look like a female girl or a teenage girl or something. I understand I’m a pretty dude. They might be mad that their wife likes me or something,” he said. “I’m not a lesbian. I’m a grown man. I’ve heard that multiple times. I guess it’s something to try to get under my skin, but at the end of the day, I know who I am.”
Oubre acknowledged that the fact that he’s good-looking might be part of the reason fans love to tease him about being a pretty boy.
“Well, you know, I can thank the Lord for that, I guess,” he told CSN Mid-Atlantic.
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