(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is experiencing the highs and lows of social media. The NBA has fined Stoudemire $50,000 for tweeting a gay slur towards a fan.
A fan of Stoudemires sent him a tweet saying he need to “make up for last season.” Stoudemire sent back a direct message, or private tweet, to the fan and called him a derogatory word for gay. The fan took a screen shot of Stoudemire’s response and sent it out on Twitter.
The NBA fined Stoudemire for “using offensive and derogetory language in a Twitter message.”
Stoudemire did issue an apology for his actions.
“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.”
The 29-year-old Stoudemire recently finished his second season with the Knicks and averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN