NBA Fines Amar’e Stoudemire $50,000 For Gay Slur Used On Twitter
Rucuss staffJune 27, 2012
New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is feeling the backlash after using a gay slur on Twitter.
Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson “for using offensive and derogatory language in a Twitter message,” the league announced Tuesday afternoon. The hefty fine stems from an incident that took place last Saturday between Stoudemire and one of his Twitter followers.
Stoudemire used the gay slur after @BFerrelli tweeted that the six-time All-Star “better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season.” Stoudemire replied to @BFerrelli with an off-color direct message: “F*** you. I don’t have to do any thing f**,”
Stoudemire later issued a statement reiterating his apology after news of the fine broke Tuesday, according to Howard Beck of The New York Times.
“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan,” Stoudemire said in his statement. “I should have known better and there is no excuse.”
Stoudemire is the latest in a string of athletes who have used the gay slur. His fine matches the $50,000 penalty Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah received during the 2010-11 playoffs when he was caught on camera screaming the word “f****t” to a heckling fan.
One month earlier, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant received a $100,000 fine after he was caught on camera lobbing the same word at referee Bennie Adams in disagreement with a call.
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