NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire is in the hot seat for an alleged gay slur posted on his twitter page.
According to BET.com, Stoudemire was reportedly berated on Twitter by a fan, who was displeased with the ball player’s performance the previous season. The fan, known as @BFerrelli, demanded that Stoudemire pick his game up so that the Knicks could move along further into the postseason.
The fan wrote, “@Amareisreal you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!” To which Amar’e responded, “F**k you. I don’t have to do anything f*g.”
Following the supposed message, the fan posted it as screen shot. (see above)
Later on that day, Ferrelli posted another screen shot, which was an apology from Stoudemire saying: “I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No Excuses. Won’t happen again.”
An NBA spokesman said, via email, that he’s confident the tweets “will be reviewed” by the league. And this year, the NBA has been diligent about policing players who make anti-gay slurs.
Stoudemire was also fined $50,000 by the NBA for his insensitive remarks.
He also tells TMZ, “I should have known better and there is no excuse.” The recently engaged baller adds, “I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan.”
As you may recall, last year, Kobe Bryant received a $100,000 fine for calling a referee an anti-gay slur. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was hit with a $50,000 fine for shouting an anti-gay slur at a fan who was heckling him.