Amar’e Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the N.B.A. on Tuesday for using a homophobic slur in response to a fan’s taunt on Twitter.
Stoudemire, the Knicks’ star forward, used the offensive term, as well as another profanity, in a private message sent directly to the fan. It became public when the fan forwarded the exchange to Deadspin, which published the message on Sunday.
The fan, using the handle @BFerrelli, sent Stoudemire a public message saying, ”You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season,” and added a profanity at the end. Hours after sending his offensive response, Stoudemire sent the fan a follow-up message apologizing, saying, ”Sorry bro!! No excuses. It won’t happen again.”
Stoudemire is the second Knicks player this year to be fined over a Twitter message. J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 in March for posting a photograph of a woman’s naked backside.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Stoudemire said: ”I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. 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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