Charles Barkley and Kevin Durant are two controversial basketball personalities whose every move or statement gets headlines worldwide. However, one of them is active on social media while the other has no social media account. Barkley tells KD why he hates being online in a candid interview.
Why Charles Barkley has no social media accounts
Barkley has been part of the "NBA on TNT" crew with Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kenny Smith. The group has a large following because they dissect and entertainingly analyze NBA stuff. Among the four hosts, only Charles has no social media account, which is almost unheard of, especially in the industry he's in.
The former MVP tells it how it is on his TV show, and things could get ugly quickly if he gets online and sees what other people have to say to him. The cancel culture has been weaponized by online people when celebrities or known personalities post opinions that are not aligned with them. Calling them out is one thing; destroying their careers and personal lives is another. Barkley, the old-school player that he is, does not get the cancel culture mentality nowadays.
Even though he is not active on social media, Sir Charles still uses his platform to advocate the issues he believes in. Charles Barkley has campaigned for people to get the vaccines and even called those who still refuse it assholes. He also dished out some hot takes on the Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons situation.
In an interview with Kevin Durant for NBA on TNT, Charles reveals why he chose not to engage people on social media.
"First of all, I understand there's built-in animosity toward anybody who's successful. When you're a celebrity, people can say anything they want to you, but what you say to them can get you in trouble. I'm an old-school Alabama dude. If somebody says something to me, I have to respond."
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 9, 2021
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Why KD loves engaging fans on social media
It's a pleasant interaction between KD and Charles. We all know Durant had been caught using burner accounts to clap back at fans on social media way back in 2017.
Fans assume KD forgot to switch back to his burner account, so the legit Twitter account clapped back. Others believed he was hacked. While there is no way of knowing if, indeed, it was KD or other people, everyone had a blast making memes out of it.
When Kevin was a lot younger and a bit immature, it's understandable how he wanted to justify his career decisions. After he joined the Golden State Warriors, the bashers attacked him for his weak move. The former MVP was still unsure of his status among the NBA's greats, and he needed to justify it with explanations on social media burner accounts.
Players are just humans who also get riled up on issues they strongly believe in. However, they must remember they have a platform as public personalities. Being professional should go both ways, on and off the court. It is within their right to say what's on their minds, but they should prepare for any possible reaction or retaliation to it.