The New York Knicks’ power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for calling a fan a “fag” over Twitter, according to the New York Daily News. After fan Brian Ferrelli criticized Stoudemire for last season’s performance via Twitter, Stoudemire tweeted him the direct message, ““Fuck you. I don’t have to do any thing fag.”
In response, the NBA slapped the player with the hefty fine yesterday for “using offensive and derogatory language.” Although Stoudemire had already apologized over Twitter, he released an official statement yesterday:
“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.”
To the NBA’s credit, it has been vigilant in trying to curb anti-gay trash talk among its players. Last year, it slapped the same fine on the Bulls’ Joakim Noah when he called a fan the same word. Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for hurling the word at a referee.
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