Now Amar'e Stoudemire appears to be in the hot seat for an alleged gay slur.
The New York Knick was reportedly berated on Twitter by a fan, who was displeased with the ball player’s performance the previous season. The fan, known as @BFerrelli, demanded that Stoudemire pick his game up so that the Knicks could move along further into the postseason.
Allegedly responding in a direct message, Stoudemire wrote to the fan, “[Expletive] you. I don’t have to do anything [expletive].” Following the supposed message, the fan posted it as screen shot.
Later on, Ferrelli posted another screen shot, which appeared to be an apology from the NBA star, 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."
An NBA spokesman said, via email, that he's confident the tweets "will be reviewed" by the league. And this year, the NBA has been diligent about policing players who make anti-gay slurs.
Last year, Kobe Bryant received a $100,000 fine for calling a referee an anti-gay slur. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was hit with a $50,000 fine for shouting an anti-gay slur at a fan who was heckling him.
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(Photos from left: Courtesy Twitter,REUTERS/Hans Deryk)