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Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire fined $50,000 for twitter offense

Jun 26, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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We passed along the story to you Monday about Amare Stoudemire using and expletive and a derogatory word for gay in a direct message response on twitter to a fan who had used some other choice words in telling Stoudemire that he needed to “make up for last season.”

The fan them took a screen shot of Stoudemire’s message (visible only to the recipient of the message) and put it out there on twitter. Stoudemire later apologized to the fan.

The league still came down on Stoudemire with a $50,000 fine for “using offensive and derogatory language in a Twitter message.”

The lesson again for athletes — twitter is public. Very public. Look at it this way, anything you type on twitter should be something you would say to a reporter. Twitter is a great way to reach fans and break down walls but you have to be careful, this isn’t an IM with your high school friend.

  1. blueintown - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I think Stoudemire is a grade-A douche for doing what he did, but fifty large? Is social media explicitly addressed in the C.B.A.? If Stoudemire called a relative or close friend a derogatory name via social media could the league take money from him?

  2. spellingcopfather - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Come on Amare, over 7 billion people in the world, why not say you where heck like every other famous person claims!!!

  3. thetooloftools - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Yea.. what is this guy thinking? The NBA can’t let people know what their players really think and feel.

  4. ccshocktalk - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    That penalty is straight gay, and david stern is a homo for penalizing Amare for saying that (insert sarcasm). But seriously, that’s just retarded…er, gay, er, f-cking dumb! Ah, well that just racked up about 150K in NBA fines.

    If those words hurt your feelings maybe you should go live in the middle east, I’m pretty sure they love restricting the freedom of speech.

    • dacapt704 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      BINGO!! Tell the fan he shouldnt try to provoke a response if he/she is just going to “run and tell the teacher”…..ppl are such cowards nowadays. I wish we could go back to Barkley tossing guys through windows! I bet he didnt have to deal with a__holes like that after that incident..smh

      • ccshocktalk - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Yeah, this is like sitting behind the bench and antagonizing a player, and making empty threats or insults because you know they can’t say anything or do anything.

        I’m all for more situations like the malice at the palace. I cheered Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neil and every other great teammate who went to his aide and decided to lay those douche bags out.

        If someone is starting a verbal altercation, don’t go crying that you got your feelings hurt. If you can dish it out you better be able to take it. If not, step away from your keyboards and monitor.

  5. dysraw1 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    call the union on this 1 its really over blown, 50 grand for what

  6. knightrider1755 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Amare’s use of a derogatory term to retaliate against a fan for criticizing him is extremely immature and foolish. Knicks fans, like all fans in the NBA, are not limited to a certain race, religion, gender or sexual preference. Like beliefs, opinions, ages and weight sizes, fans differ from person to person, town to town and team to team. Offending someone by using a derogatory slur just because you disagree with them has no place in sports or in any other venue in this society. With a single stroke Amare has offended Knicks fans all over the country, and possibly the world, who identify themselves as gays and/or lesbians. Those fans buy tickets, jerseys, posters and root for their favorite teams like everyone else. Hopefully the NBA will donate that $50,000 to organization(s) to use in their fight against discrimination and violence being perpetrated regularly on gays and lesbians in this country.

  7. florida727 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    In 10 years as a pro, Amare has earned slightly more than $100 million, NOT including endorsement income, according to basketball-reference.com. $50K is a rounding error to him.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Agreed that 50k is like us buying a cheeseburger, but the fact is that the bill of rights should be extended to athletes as well, not just the rest of us who aren’t scrutinized for our every move. If the media followed all of us, and someone fined us for everything “inappropriate” or that “offended someone”…i think all of our bank accounts would be in the red.

      As the round mound of rebound once said, I’m not a role model.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        The Bill of Rights does extend to athletes. They can say whatever they want. However the Bill does not protect you or athletes from the consequences of what you say, nor should it. You can walk into your boss’ office and say whatever you want, it is your right. But you have to live with the fallout. Same here.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Tough year for Amare. He’ll turn things around & have a good season next year. He’s a true pro.

  9. vstyle23 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Why in the world is it so bad to call somebody gay now days? I’m tellin you gay people are taking over. Pretty soon the church is going to be in trouble for preaching against gays, oh yeah, they already are. $50,000 for a gay comment

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      He didn’t call him gay.

  10. florida727 - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    When you’re a professional athlete, you watch a lot of sports on cable. When you watch a lot of sports on cable, you see a lot of commercials. When you see a lot of commercials, you see commercials about various social media. When you see commercials about various social media, you try social media. When you try social media, you get fans following you on social media. When you get fans following you on social media, you respond to some of them with anti-gay slurs. Don’t respond to some of them with anti-gay slurs. Get rid of cable. And upgrade to Direct TV.

  11. isujames - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    That’s some g@y a$$ $h! t !!!

  12. camnellum12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Fined $50,000 for saying faggot? That’s gay

  13. blackandbluedivision - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Sticks and stone may break my bones but words cost $50,000. Seriously?!

  14. blackandbluedivision - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Wait so if Stoudemire gets fined for derogatory language…who’s fining the fans?! These athletes should be applauded for putting up with all of this.

    This was a private message to the fan. Technically the fan put the tweet out for the world to see. Shouldn’t he/she be reprimanded? He essentially snitched on Stoudemire.

  15. colinsnooks - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    I think it’s lame how the world is so PC that there can be news reports about this stuff, but the article can’t actually mention what was said.

  16. BigBeachBall - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    50k yea 50k yea 50k yea 50k yea 50k yea….

  17. nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    These guys aren’t hired for their intelligence. As long as there is twitter, twatter, tweeting…there will be knuckleheads putting things out there without thinking.

    I’m glad that he didn’t use the old “My account was hacked. It wasn’t me.”

  18. vstyle23 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    @knightrider1755, I know he didn’t call him gay I just didn’t want to use an “offensive” phrase. I barely make $50,000 a year. I couldnt stand to lose that much money

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