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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."

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Scott Jonalsen | Jun 26, 2012 8:30:12 PM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: Sunshine | Jun 26, 2012 8:31:53 PM


  3. What's hi f*ck doesn't give a sh*t about what he said. He believes it. And the league-demanded apology is lame.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Jun 26, 2012 8:55:32 PM


  4. But...it's not wrong when Dan Savage publicly uses the word to insult other gay men?

    Posted by: vraxvalhalla | Jun 26, 2012 9:33:48 PM


  5. The only reason the NBA is doing this is too keep up a good public image.

    Posted by: River | Jun 26, 2012 9:56:21 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 26, 2012 11:00:54 PM


  7. 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!

    Posted by: kyle | Jun 26, 2012 11:43:53 PM


  8. 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.

    Posted by: OnfluDragon | Jun 26, 2012 11:48:13 PM


  9. 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.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Jun 27, 2012 12:33:10 AM


  10. Apology was obviously written by his legal counsel.

    Posted by: dave | Jun 27, 2012 2:09:36 AM


  11. 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?

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Jun 27, 2012 2:19:49 AM


  12. 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.

    Posted by: Patrick'sPicks | Jun 27, 2012 3:59:10 AM


  13. 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?

    Posted by: jason | Jun 27, 2012 6:49:54 AM


  14. 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.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Jun 27, 2012 7:01:50 AM


  15. 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.

    Posted by: Armando | Jun 27, 2012 7:35:35 AM


  16. He didn't just say it, he went to the trouble to write it.

    Posted by: russ | Jun 27, 2012 8:20:44 AM


  17. 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.

    Posted by: Inside | Jun 27, 2012 11:41:40 AM


  18. 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?

    Posted by: Blake | Jun 27, 2012 2:46:16 PM


  19. 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.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jul 11, 2012 3:31:38 PM


  20. 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

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 11, 2012 7:18:42 PM


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