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Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant has apologized to the public for the language he directed at actor and comedian Michael Rapaport in a heated social media exchange publicized earlier this week.

The private Instagram and Twitter messages, shared by Rapaport, included homophobic and misogynistic language.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Durant, an 11-time All Star, expressed his regret.

“I’m sorry that people have seen the language I used,” he said.

“That’s not what I want people to see or hear from me, but hopefully I can move past it and get back out there on the floor.”

According to the publicized screenshots, the confrontation between the pair began last year when Rapaport criticized Durant’s post-game interview after the Nets’ season-opening victory over the Golden State Warriors in December.

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Kevin Durant has apologized for the language used in private messages made public this week.

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