Jay Williams doesn’t back down.
An ESPN analyst – whom Kevin Durand accused of lying on national television about an obvious meeting they had years ago – turned to the situation on Wednesday.
“I’m defending my story,” Williams said on his show, Keyshawn JWill & Zubin, a day after the drama began.
“I was probably wrong to share a personal story, but that’s what we do, we share personal stories,” Williams admitted of the apparent conversation they had at a holiday party for Durant’s business.
“But (Tuesday) I was sitting there, I will not go back and forth on social media. I was with my family all day, staying positive, everything is fine. This was intended as a compliment, there are levels of it. “
In his initial comments Tuesday, Williams claimed Durant clashed with him at a holiday party to compare his style of play to that of Bucks star Janice Antetokumpo.
“Kevin Duran comes to me at the club and says, ‘Yo, never compare me to Janice again. He never does that again, “Williams recalled.
“And he’s like, ‘No, never compare this guy to me.’ Never. ”
After Williams’ comments went viral, Durant responded Tuesday that the NBA’s story as an analyst was a “native lie.” He added that Williams “can NEVER talk about him.”
Duran later tweeted: “People will do anything to improve their careers in this medium by wanting to be accepted by an industry that will have you whenever they want. Keep me out, all cocky – talk about who’s better and legacy and all those stupid assholes. I don’t even say that. “
In his latest response Wednesday, Williams hinted that his initial comments were intended to be a compliment to Durant.
“It was about saying how different KD is. It’s unfortunate that KD felt that way at the time, but I wish KD nothing but love and the best of luck, “he said.
“I hope [the Nets] won the championship. We talk about them every day. Shot, I was talking about him the other day as the best player in the world. So that’s all I have to say about it. We keep going … and that’s the end of it, I think. “
Williams concluded with a hint that he could deal with the situation again at a later date.
“There are other people who have made some other comments that I could address later, but we will keep that for another day,” he said.