New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association (NBA) due to tweeting a gay slur.
On Tuesday, the father of three apologized in a statement. “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.”
NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced Stoudemire’s $50,000 fine on Tuesday prior to the player’s second apology. He stated that the Knick’s player’s language was offensive and derogatory.
Stoudemire already apologized to the fan for the comment made on Sunday. The crude word was used in response to a tweet in which the fan scolded the All-Star to “make up for this past season.”
The tweets went as follows @BFerrelli tweeted to Stoudemire: “You better come back stronger and quicker to make up for last season.” Then Stoudemire answered back: “F— you. I don’t have to do anything f–,” Stoudemire lashed out via Twitter Direct Message.
The NBA player then attempted to apologies with a direct message Sunday morning stating: “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.”
The fan later wrote: “@Amareisreal sooo after all this that happened can I get a follow back or tickets to a game lol or is that pushing it?”