NBA fines Stoudemire $50K for tweeting gay slur

Associated Press | June 27th, 2012

FILE – This April 20, 2012 file photo shows New York Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Stoudemire has apologized to a fan for using a gay slur in response to a crude tweet, Saturday, June 23, 2012, in which the fan admonished the All-Star to “make up for this past season.” (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by the NBA after the New York Knicks star tweeted a gay slur.

Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine Tuesday in a release, calling Stoudemire’s language offensive and derogatory.

Stoudemire apologized Sunday to a fan for using the slur in response to a crude tweet in which the fan admonished the All-Star to “make up for this past season.”

The fan, (at)BFerrelli, tweeted his comment on Saturday and received a direct message containing an expletive and the slur from the account Twitter verifies as Stoudemire’s. BFerrelli, identified by the New York Daily News as Brian Ferrelli, posted a screen shot of the direct message. Direct messages can only be seen by the sender and the recipient.

Stoudemire also issued an apology in a statement Tuesday.

“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” he said. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”

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