Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant has apologised after an argument with actor and comedian Michael Rapaport in which he used homophobic language was made public.
Rapaport posted screenshots of a private conversation on his Twitter account earlier this week.
"I receive threats and disgusting messages DAILY, but never in my wildest dreams did I think @KDTrey5 would be among them," he wrote.
"The [snake] himself is now threatening me, bringing up my wife and wants to fight. This is supposed to be America's sweetheart right?"
The dispute appeared to begin when Rapaport called Durant "super sensitive" following a post-game interview on TNT in December.
The pictures showed Durant respond with homophobic language and threats towards the True Romance and Deep Blue Sea star.
Rapaport also addressed the 2014 NBA MVP's comments on his podcast, saying: "That's not locker-room talk, we're not s***-talking.
"That's not how people talk, you're threatening me. You've done it three times."
An apologetic Durant said: "I'm sorry that people [have] seen the language that I used.
"That's not really what I want people to see and hear from me, but hopefully I can move past it and get back out on the floor."
Durant has been out of action with a hamstring injury since February 13, although the Nets have claimed first place in the East in his absence.
The 32-year-old forward missed the entirety of last season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the 2018-19 NBA Finals while playing for the Golden State Warriors.
He returned to average 29.0 points across 19 outings this year, leading Brooklyn in scoring, before his latest setback gave new signing James Harden the reins.
Harden, also now missing with a hamstring issue, has put together an MVP run, aided by Kyrie Irving.
Of his season, Durant said: "I was playing solid before I got injured and feel like we were just starting to figure each other out, James, Kyrie and myself, and different line-ups out there on the floor.
"I felt like we were starting to gain our rhythm and, even though I was out a week before that with [COVID-19] protocols, I felt like our team was gaining more chemistry then and that's moreso what I care about.
"How I play, I'll figure that out over time whenever I get out there."
Reports suggest Durant is nearing a return, but the player added he had to be "smart and cautious with this type of injury".
"I've been through this situation before so I just try to take myself back to that place," Durant said.