New York Knicks star forward Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 for what the league described as "offensive and derogatory language" in a Twitter message, NBA disciplinarian Stu Jackson announced Tuesday.
Last week— in a direct message that was not seen by the public— Stoudemire responded to a fan with a gay slur after the fan tweeted that the forward needed to step up and "make up for this past season."
The fan, (at) BFerrelli, tweeted his comment on Saturday and received a direct message containing an expletive and the gay slur from a Twitter account which was later identified as Stoudemire's.
Direct messages are private and can only be seen by the two parties but this one was handed over to a website and made public.
Stoudemire later apologized in another direct message to the fan.
The Knicks forward was plagued by troubles all last season beginning with the unfortunate death of his brother in a car accident and getting hand surgery after smashing a fire extinguisher case after a Game 2 Playoff loss in Miami.