NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – The NBA announced Tuesday it fined the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire $50,000 for using a slur in a Twitter direct message.
Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine in a release, calling Stoudemire’s language offensive and derogatory.
Stoudemire 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.”
It started Saturday morning, when fan Brian Ferrelli tweeted the following to Stoudemire: “You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn dead(butt)!!!”
“(Expletive) you,” Stoudemire reportedly replied in a direct message, seen only to the recipient. “I don’t have to do anything (slur).”
Ferrelli shared a screencap of the alleged message with the popular sports site Deadspin. Stoudemire later apologized to the fan and promised it “won’t happen again,” Deadspin reported.
But the damage was done.
A source told the New York Daily News that the forward “made a big mistake, and he wishes he could take the whole thing back.”
“It’s known that the F-word is very offensive,” actor George Takei told the Daily News from Sunday’s gay pride parade. “I’m glad he realizes what he did. He made a public fool of himself.”
It seems Ferrelli, who boasts a large Knicks logo as his Twitter page background, doesn’t want much more made of the situation.
“If your role model tells you to (expletive) yourself and call you a (slur) I’m sure EVERYBODY would do the same (expletive) I did out of anger,” Ferrelli tweeted Sunday.
He added: “Amar’e did his part out of anger then apologized and I did my part out of anger and I’m still a huge fan of him..everyone can shut up now.”
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