New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Fined $50,000 for Calling Fan a ‘Fag’ Over Twitter

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New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was fined $50,000 today by the NBA for calling a fan "fag" on Twitter late last week, the AP reports:

StoudemireStu 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 also issued an apology in a statement on Tuesday.

"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."

Comments

  1. Scott says

    Like- I’m unsure if this is a good thing to have happened- for him I have been fined.

    In this case, he was responding to an annoying remark from a fan, (or a detractor, rather) and it didn’t feel homophobic. But maybe the fine will have its intended effect.

  2. C says

    I think it’s remarkable that the NBA took such action against a player for language used in private (at least not in the public arena) with an individual. Good for them–this sends a serious message that discrimination won’t be tolerated. Even if it’s a relatively small amount of his salary, I think the fact that the NBA is even taking a stance is great. This wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago.

  3. Fion says

    While his apology seems sincere, the issue goes way beyond him. That word is deplorable under any circumstance and ugly on many levels. I’m glad he understands that.

  4. Dynex says

    I really have to salute the NBA for their zero tolerance policy regarding homophobia. They seem to aware of the impressionable young minds watching.

  5. TrueWords says

    well, he is confused he thought it was OK to say “fag”or “faggot” because the paragon of gay rights, tolerance, ant-bullying, acceptance and self-promotion=DAN SAVAGE is throwing that word around like a cheerleaders legs after a game

  6. says

    We should never desensitize ourselves to that very horrible word. We should always remind people who freely use it about it’s history and how it has deeply effected many gays who have been hurt by it, or heard it as the very last word while they were alive before being beaten to death.

  7. says

    I agree. A big congrats to the NBA for knowing how cruel and rotten that word is and how it cuts an entire community. I respect this player for stepping up and apologizing as he did. Teachable moment for all

  8. gotogetter says

    I thank him for his apology. It comes off real and very sincere.

    I would also encourage anyone who hears people flippantly use that word to correct them and educate them, and enlighten them how it’s a word so many LGBT heard while being assaulted. It carries painful weight for us, and is offensive but moreover, just plain ignorant to freely use it.

    Again, I do thank this player for being sincere with being apologetic.

  9. DanSwon says

    his apology is good – i’d defintely take that as enough. also, although i don’t like the word “fag” he didn’t use it in an anti-gay way. i think a $50,000 fine is a bit OTT, regardless of someone’s personal earnings

  10. Eric says

    @CHRISTIAN

    Um, no. As an example, if you had already made $50,000 per for the year, and you unexpectedly lost 25 cents, would that hurt? Because 25 cents is the same percentage of $50,000. Most “swear jars” these days start at a dollar.

  11. RyanInSacto says

    @Truewords: Really? Do you really think that Stoudemire had never used the word fag or faggot before last week when Dan Savage used it? I don’t think you really think that because, really, who could seriously think that?

  12. Red Velvet says

    I agree with respectfully educating your friends on why that word has the potential to hurt someone who overhears it being used. Inform your friends and they’ll come away appreciating you for it. There’s SO many words in our language that can be substituted instead of that word, and not alienate people.

  13. Tim NC says

    @Danswon….. There is no non anti-gay way to use the word “fag”. He was calling the guy a homosexual in order to show his lack of respect for him. This shows his lack of respect for gays. Therefore it is anti-gay.

    Think of it this way, he called the guy a “fag” instead of calling him an A**hole. Therefore he considers those words to be interchangeable. Gays are A**holes to him.

  14. Kranbree says

    Stoudermire was wrong in using the word and the NBA reprimanded him accordingly. There should have been a similar response to Dan Savage’s outburst from our community. We can’t have our cake and eat it too!!

  15. ProudDad says

    @ Danswon

    You’re so terribly ignorant. No matter how hard you try to water down the word it stems from homophobia an will always carry homophobia with it. It can NEVER remove itself from it’s anti gay element, no matter how hard you try to rewrite history.

  16. ThisNow1982 says

    We live in a society that says: homophobia is no big deal and homophobic words are really no big deal.

    Racism in any form however, is the worst thing in the human race and one racist thought alone should have you shunned for life from society.

    This double standard is what needs to change. Prejudice is prejudice and no one prejudice is less insulting than the other. The F word is as repulsive as I can think and absolutely cuts at my Gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

  17. RyanInSacto says

    @Kranbree: Why must me lower ourselves to the stance that certain words are always off limits just because some people are too infantile to understand the difference between using the word as a slur and using the word to make a point? I don’t believe ANY word should always be off-limits in all contexts. Dan Savage (a gay activist) was making a political statement when he used the word in reference to GOProud (a gay republican activist group). While you may have disagreed with his statement, surely you can recognize that it is different from an NBA player using it as a slur against a fan. The idea that particular words should be banned outright without respect to context is ridiculous and immature and treats adults like adolescents. It also will not accomplish whatever you think it will accomplish (gay rights? equality? peace, love and cookies?).

  18. Scott Jonalsen says

    If the C word is offensive to women and N word is offensive fo Black people and “retard” is offensive to those wiith down syndrome than the F word has and will always be offensive to a great majority of LGBT. Everyone who uses it, regardless of context knows EXACTLY where the word stemmed from. It’s vicious and in some 40% of suicide letters from gays and lesbians, they note that word as being one used by homophobic bullies. I’m passionately against it and will continue to fight on against it’s use in any form.

  19. Sunshine says

    Glad he apologized but don’t ever use that word again. He should know better, and in this climate, we all should know better than to drop that word.

  20. Eric says

    You teach people how to treat you. Bringing up an isolated incident like the Dan Savage debacle in order to excuse the thousands of homophobic slurs used in the US every day by straight people is insane.

  21. says

    Dan savage is gay, this man isn’t. The word is wrong but that distinction makes a HUGE difference.

    Last I heard, many black people have called each other the N word but would never tolerate it being used by anyone else. Same difference. This man is never entitled to use this word!

  22. OnfluDragon says

    There’s no excuse big enough to justify this word being used by anyone, and never will be. The moment you utter it you should expect a backlash. No ridiculous story will ever be calculating enough to hide the significance of that disgusting word.

  23. parkrunner says

    This isn’t so cut and dry. This was a reporter for the NY Daily News. Stoudemire was first baited with a tweet, “you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!”.
    When Stoudemire responded like an idiot, the hack reporter had a story.
    Not apologizing for the guy, but he was duped.

  24. GraphicJack says

    The apology was made BEFORE the fine, so either it’s a sincere apology, or, if you want to be more jaded, he realized he was likely to get fined, and made an apology in the hopes of either a) avoiding or reducing the fine or b) getting some amount of damage control. I’d rather take the high road, accept his apology, laugh that he got fined anyway, and chalk it up as a teachable moment. Let’s move on, shall we?

  25. Patrick'sPicks says

    Stop using this word! Read the suicide letters of the two recent gay teenagers who commited suicide and see the impact the F word had on them and MANY others. It is a vicious word and those who use it know the weight it carries. Anyone with any morals or a heart knows to retire it and stand against it.

  26. jason says

    It’s interesting that the people who stuck up for Dan Savage following his faggot comment are the same people who are now attacking Stoudemire for his faggot comment. Double standards, don’t you think?

  27. Roman Bolliger says

    A “real supporter” of human rights, as he pretends to be, does not have a crude language with such depreciative terminology! Conclusion: Stoudemire is only a fake “supporter” of human rights.

  28. Armando says

    The apology wasn’t public. The guy used the apology to prove that the original interaction took place.

    Alll anti gay offensives are not equal. Some people need to get some perspective. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is a two, maybe a 1.

  29. Inside says

    Apparently, if a gay leftist uses the word faggot – even disparaging other members of the gay community – it’s ok.

    It’s good to know what the rules are.

  30. Blake says

    And this $50,000 goes where? Filtered out to NBA bank accounts through all the usual channels? Or to a charity/rights organization? Can someone clarify?

  31. wimsy says

    What kind of name is Amar’e Stoudemire? Some gang-thug-hoodlum nickname? Or is it some French Colonial terrorist crap? Doesn’t matter. He’s a big, snotty arrogant. overpaid oaf.

    Oops, sorry! I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. I am disappointed in myself for my statement about that ignorant bigot. I should have known better and there is no excuse.

    Boo hoo.

  32. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    THE ONLY THING Amar’e Stoudemire DID WAS OFFEND MOST NEGRO MALES IN AMERICA. Mr. Stoudemire SHOULD HAVE STOOD BY HIS ORIGINAL STATEMENT – HIS NEGRO-MALE FANS APPROVED. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF, “TALKING TOO MUCH.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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