Stoudemire fined for gay slur tweet
Amare Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the NBA after he tweeted a gay slur
VP Stu Jackson called Stoudemire's language offensive and derogatory
Stoudemire apologized to fan, who asked him to "make up for this past season."
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, @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.
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