Knicks Star Amare Stoudemire Sends ‘Homophobic Slur’ To Fan On Twitter
A top NBA basketball player has apologised after sending a homophobic slur to one of his team’s superfans. Amar’e Stoudemire’s caused a storm when he abused New York Knicks supporter Brian Ferrelli on Twitter.
Ferrelli had sent a tweet to the star saying he’d ‘better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season’, the New York Daily News reported.
In response, Stoudemire, who is currently suffering from a hand injury, fired off a private message saying: ’F*** you. I don’t have to do anything f**.’
NBA officials then launched an investigation after Ferrelli posted a screen grab of the message on the social networking site that started trending.
Ferrelli also forwarded it to Deadspin.com which later reported Stoudemire had apologised to him in a direct message.
It claimed he said: ‘I apologise 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.’
Ferrelli - known on Twitter as Knicks superfan ‘B ForReal!’ - said he didn’t want to exacerbate the row by commenting further.
‘I don’t want to make this situation any bigger than it already is. He apologised and I accepted it,’ he told the New York Daily News on Twitter.
Earlier he had tweeted: ‘Amar’e did his part out of anger then apologized and I did my part out of anger and I’m still a huge fan of him. Everyone can shut up now.’
In 2011, NBA Commissioner David Stern fined Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the same homophobic word against a referee during a game.
Bryant apologized but said the comment should not have been ‘taken literally’. Stern called his remark ‘offensive and inexcusable’.