NBA Fines Amare Stoudemire $50K for Offensive Slur

The NBA has fined Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks a hefty $50,000 after he posted a gay slur on Twitter.

Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, made an announcement regarding the fine in a press release on Tuesday. He referred to the Knicks player's language as offensive and derogatory.

A fan made a comment regarding Stoudemire's performance saying 'make up for this past season'. In response Stoudemire fired back with the slur but made an apology on Sunday.

The fan, known as @BFerrelli, posted his comment on Saturday which was followed by a direct message containing the slur from an account confirmed to belong to Stoudemire's. @BFerrelli, has been identified as Brian Ferrelli and supplied a screen shot containing the content included in the message as direct messages may only be viewed by the sender and the recipient.

Another apology was released in a statement on Tuesday. Stoudemire said, ''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.''

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