The private Instagram and Twitter messages, shared by Rapaport, included homophobic and misogynistic language.
“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.
Nets cement lead
Despite Durant’s continued absence — a hamstring strain has kept him on the sidelines since mid-February — the Brooklyn Nets solidified their position atop the Eastern Conference with a 111-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Jeff Green led the Nets with 21 points and eight rebounds, while former San Antonio Spur LaMarcus Aldridge made his Brooklyn debut with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
“That’s a very good team. We obviously shot the ball well, but we defended. We got into people. Communication was great. Rebounding. We took care of business. Proud of the guys. Tough game, back-to-back. Tough little stretch here and we had a good week.”
Speaking on Aldridge’s debut, Nash said, “This is a guy that has a great pedigree. Very intelligent, experienced and skilled 6-11 basketball player. We thought we had to get him going, so why not throw him in the starting lineup and see if he can get his rhythm and I was impressed with his effectiveness after such a long layoff.”
The Nets have now won 20 of their last 23 games but were again unable to play their star trio of Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
The high-profile players have enjoyed only seven games on the court together since Harden was added to the roster in January. However, with Durant mooted to return next week, an already commanding league position could be further cemented.