Jay Williams is not retiring.
The ESPN analyst – whom Kevin Durant accused of lying on national television about an apparent meeting they had had many years ago – addressed the situation on Wednesday.
“I stand by my story,” Williams said in his “Keyshawn JWill & Zubin” show, a day after the drama began.
“I probably took it wrong to share a personal story, but that’s what we do, we share personal stories,” Williams admitted the apparent conversation the couple had at a holiday party for Durant’s business.
“But (Tuesday) I sat there, I do not go back and forth on social media. I was with my family all day and stayed positive, it̵
In his initial comments Tuesday, Williams claimed Durant confronted him at a holiday party to compare his playing style to Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Kevin Durant comes up to me at the club and says, ‘Yo, you will never compare me to Giannis again. Will you never do it again, ”Williams recalled.
“And he’s like, ‘Nah, never compare that guy to me. Do not ever. ‘”
After Williams’ comments went viral, Durant responded Tuesday, saying the NBA player-turned-analyst story was a “f-kin lie.” He added that Williams “can NEVER speak for” him.
Durant later tweeted, “Mans will do anything to advance their careers in this media st, and want to be accepted by an industry that will dispose of you at any time. Keep me out of all that sweet a– talk about who’s better and inheritance and all that stupid ass s – t. I’m not even talking like that. ”
In his latest response on Wednesday, Williams referred to the fact that his initial comments were intended as a compliment to Durant.
“It was about saying how different KD is. It is unfortunate that KD felt that way at the time, but I wish KD only love and good luck, ”he said.
“I hope [the Nets] win the championship. We talk about them every single day. Shoot, the other day I was talking about him being the best player in the world. So that’s all I have to say about it. We’re moving on … and that’s the end of it, in my opinion. ”
Williams concluded with a hint that he might tackle the situation again at a later date.
“There are some other people who made some other comments that I might address later, but we’ll save that for another day,” he said.