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Amare Stoudemire apologizes for using gay slur on twitter

Jun 25, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire AP

I don’t think agents and team officials can remind players of this enough — if you say it on twitter it is like saying it to a reporter. Even if you send a direct message to a fan.

Amare Stoudemire forgot this for a second and sent a fan a gay slur on twitter, something he apologized for later.

It started when a twitter follower of Stoudemire’s, @BFerrelli, tweeted that Stoudemire needed to “make up for this past season.”

Stoudemire sent him a direct message (meaning it was sent directly to @BFerrelli only, it was not public) using a gay slur and an expletive. Then @BFerrelli took a screen shot of that DM and tweeted it out.

The next day Stoudemire sent another DM saying “I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No Excuses. Won’t happen again.”

Three quick thoughts here. First, again, if you put it on twitter you might as well be saying it to a reporter. Remember that, NBA athletes.

Second, the casual use of said gay slur both in NBA locker rooms and the public in general is something that we as a society need to change. The NBA has run public service announcements (featuring Grant Hill and Jared Dudley) denouncing use of gay as a derogatory word, but this is a really a bigger issue. It would be nice if athletes were leaders on this one.

Third, it’s sad that Stoudemire got that tweet in the first place because most Knicks fans are smarter than that. You bring in Stoudemire, one-half of the best pick-and-roll combo in the game, then really never give him a decent point guard to play off of (not for any extended period). Then Carmelo Anthony comes in and he only hustles if the offense runs through him, so everything has to change and Stoudemire is marginalized. The Knicks always did a poor job of giving Mike D’Antoni the tools to run his system well, plus D’Antoni made the mistake of thinking players would be professional and hustle even if he didn’t get in their face and call them out.

It’s a different team now, and you can’t expect Stoudemire to have to really work to find a place in the offense. But get off his back — you had to give him that contract to get anyone else to come there. Remember LeBron James turned you down. You needed a star, you got Stoudemire and he helped turn the fortunes around. You don’t get ‘Melo without him. But sure, go ahead and blame Stoudemire. That’s smart.

  1. dysraw1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    this is a stupid story i mean so what, this only concerns the so called political correct who make stupid stuff like this an issue

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      …and gay people.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      “the so called political correct who make stupid stuff like this an issue”

      In other words, the people who aren’t bigots!

  2. jtchernak - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Not gonna lie I laughed out loud at the anti gay commercial I don’t know about other people but I’m not gonna stop saying gay or homo for trash talking

    • blueintown - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      You must get your ass kicked a lot.

    • Hoss - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      You’re clearly a chump.

  3. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    these pros need to watch what they write and say and have a little bit of self-awareness or the media will roast them.

    but on a side note: a guy who posed nude for a sports mag with and overwhelming majority of male readers should not be overly concerned or judgmental toward anyone else’s sexuality.

  4. pauleky - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Nice, dysraw1 and jtchernak. You can be neanderthal children and think you’re cool. We adults know that oppressing any group is wrong. You go on and continue to post ignorant garbage on your mommy’s PC in the basement. Props to Stoudemire for apologizing – that’s what adults do.

    • dysraw1 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      my man its about choosing not to be a puppet or easy to led by media & etc.

      • Hoss - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Yeah let’s insult a whole section of society, clearly you’re unable to comprehend why you’re in the wrong, either that or you’re just an asshole. Grow up you god damned loser.

  5. thetooloftools - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    If you really want to hear gay slurs fly… hang out around gay people sometimes. They trash each other 1000X worse then you would ever believe.

  6. whodunit43 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    how about a 4th point… what a gutless knick fan to tweet a pic of a direct message

  7. neverend1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Its the media that overblows this

    Not even a lot of gay people are offended by someone saying this. Everyone and anyone is capable of using offensive slurs in the heat of the moment. It doesn’t make anyone stupid, selfish, or suffer from some kind of made up phobia

    The only people who are offended by this are our social justice police, wanting to control what people say/react when they are angry. Its truly silly

  8. wfon1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    this story is published because the media has an agenda to control what we can and cant say. they want to remind us everyday that we cant use the gay slur word. they pressure celebrities to admit whether they are anti or pro gay marriage. and if they are anti they cruzify them. i really dont care whether gays marry or not but i do have a problem with and tired of the media always tattling on people that use gays slurs. we get it. we are no longer allowed to use the word. get off our backs and give it time.

  9. cosmicatomic - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    That anti-gay commercial was awesome. I picked up some fantastic trash-talking lines like “the last time you blocked someone, you were on instant messenger!” and “the last triple-double you had came with fries!” (I guess fat jokes = okay, but gay jokes are not).

    • JMReviews - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Only in America is being fat an uncontrollable condition that has to do with genetics but being gay is a choice.

  10. LPad - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Not too concerned about the slur Amare apologized and the guy who tweeted him was acting like a jerk and initiated it.

    But what I don’t get in this story is the idea that D’Antoni shouldn’t get on his players case. If Phil Jackson can get in Artest’s face or Popovich can tell his players in the huddle they’re playing scared and soft then D’Antoni can get in Melo’s face.

    Also, every year for Phoenix or New York D’Antoni’s team were awful at D and players supposedly didn’t give enough effort. Given that all Woodson did was tell the entire team they weren’t playing hard enough on D and told the players to hustle and get over screens instead of switching, maybe part of the problem is that D’Antoni’s defensive strategies (i.e. switch everything, have Jeffries check Rondo) don’t work.

    One more thing, I also get tired of reading about D’Antoni’s system. If Jerry Sloan and Gregg Popovich can run a pick n roll heavy offense that incorporates postups and wing isos so can D’Antoni.

  11. dexterismyhero - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Then @BFerrelli took a screen shot of that DM and tweeted it out.

    Then he is what Amare called him. Take a scren shot and repost this BFerelli!!! It is the middle finger slaute to you.

    • illegalblues - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      you got him good, bro. you got him GOOD

  12. illegalblues - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    thread is full of really trashy statements. looks like common decency still has quite a way to go

  13. brownsfan5505 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    This dude image really has been ruined for me sinc he joined this organization….not a fan

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