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NBA Fines Stoudemire $50K for Tweeting Gay Slur

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

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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  • pep-c, 2012-06-27 12:01:06

    I thnk how funny it is whn a person wants to b srry abt sumthng thy said or did whn thy find out thy gotta dish sum mney out. I guess mny does tlk but really certain insults cnt b bought.

  • pep-c, 2012-06-27 12:08:36

    CIVIL RIGHTS "DO UNTO OTHERS AS U WLD WANT TO B DONE" if it was ment for us to b the same thn we all b perfect, but I’m pretty sure he has enough faws himself to b counted for.

  • , 2012-06-27 21:37:27

    His apology would have been more honest if he had specifically mentioned gay people....

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