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


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."

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  1. I think his latest contract is $100 million over five years. Yeah, a $50,000 (0.05%) fine will REALLY hurt him.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 26, 2012 6:53:14 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 26, 2012 6:59:58 PM

  3. Just call him a BIGGER pussy asswipe. There are bigger and better expletives you can use.

    Posted by: Christian | Jun 26, 2012 7:09:11 PM

  4. Eric- Money being taken from anybody unexpectedly ALWAYS hurts. I don't care if it's 50 or 50,000

    Posted by: Christian | Jun 26, 2012 7:10:56 PM

  5. He be taking his talents to Orlando soon anyways.

    Posted by: UNREAL GM | Jun 26, 2012 7:15:08 PM

  6. Where does the $50,000 go? Does it go to sensitivity training for NBA players?

    Posted by: John | Jun 26, 2012 7:17:00 PM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: C | Jun 26, 2012 7:23:42 PM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: Fion | Jun 26, 2012 7:27:33 PM

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

    Posted by: Dynex | Jun 26, 2012 7:29:15 PM

  10. 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

    Posted by: TrueWords | Jun 26, 2012 7:30:58 PM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: GregCali | Jun 26, 2012 7:31:59 PM

  12. 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

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jun 26, 2012 7:33:54 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: gotogetter | Jun 26, 2012 7:40:10 PM

  14. 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

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jun 26, 2012 7:41:47 PM

  15. Good for the NBA and Stoudemire's apology was also sincere.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Jun 26, 2012 7:42:36 PM


    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.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 26, 2012 7:42:45 PM

  17. @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?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jun 26, 2012 7:43:19 PM

  18. just and proper.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Jun 26, 2012 7:45:34 PM

  19. 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.

    Posted by: Red Velvet | Jun 26, 2012 7:47:12 PM

  20. @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.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jun 26, 2012 7:57:17 PM

  21. 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!!

    Posted by: Kranbree | Jun 26, 2012 8:01:48 PM

  22. It's a DISGUSTING word that is ugly and unacceptable on all accounts!

    Posted by: Storebought | Jun 26, 2012 8:16:28 PM

  23. @ 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.

    Posted by: ProudDad | Jun 26, 2012 8:19:53 PM

  24. 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.

    Posted by: ThisNow1982 | Jun 26, 2012 8:23:17 PM

  25. @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?).

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jun 26, 2012 8:29:45 PM

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