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An eighth grader was “hurt” after Kevin Durant attacked his move on Twitter — seemingly out of the blue.
Knowing the internet, one may think that the middle schooler dished out hate to Durant but couldn’t take it in return. Instead, it was actually a circumstance where the Nets star took a random shot at a kid’s viral highlight video.
After the social account Overtime shared a move of 13-year-old Jayden Moore, from suburban Minneapolis, hitting a turnaround jumper after a couple crazy dribbles, Durant tweeted, “This s–t stinks.”
Responding to someone who told him it was just a kid, Durant tweeted, “It’s about habits man.”
Durant’s tweets caused a massive pile-on, and now the video has been viewed over five million times.
Moore told USA Today that he was “hurt and confused” by Durant going after him.
“Like, what made him take time out of his day to say something negative instead of encouraging me or telling what really needs to be done and then texting me privately or something like that,” Moore said.
Moore’s mother, Valeta, told the outlet that she had instructed her son not to take the criticism personally. “I was going to (tweet), ‘Why’s KD being so mean? It’s the week of Christmas,’” she said.
“There’s almost an immaturity with them to take the time to even go on Twitter and look at that (video) and comment,” added Moore’s coach Ken Novak. “In fairness to them, I’m sure they’re trying to create what they see as better basketball, people sharing. And maybe they’re making a comment trying to say that. But they just got to realize who they’re saying it to.”
Novak added that Moore is an unselfish player.
Moore, who had seen the move on Instagram and bet his father $10 he could execute it in a game, ultimately responded to Durant on Twitter.
“Thanks for the constructive criticism,” Moore tweeted. “I’ve grown from my 6th grade year! Maybe we can work on some stuff together!! All love. Hopefully I can get to where you at one day! #keepgrinding.”