Amar'e Stoudemire on Gay Slur: "I Should Have Known Better"

The basketball player apologizes for insensitive comments to a fan.

Posted: 06/27/2012 09:00 AM EDT

After dropping an F-bomb (the three-letter kind) on Twitter yesterday, New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire is owning up to his mistake.

The embattled NBA player caused a stir when he fired back a tweet containing a homophobic slur at a disgruntled fan who blamed Stoudemire for the Knicks' failure this season.

The fan wrote, "@Amareisreal you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!" To which Amar'e responded, "F**k you. I don't have to do anything f*g."

Now Stoudemire is apologizing to the fan, as well as others offended by his choice of words. "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,” he wrote directly to the fan.

He also tells TMZ, "I should have known better and there is no excuse." The recently engaged baller adds, "I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan."

Stoudemire was also fined $50,000 by the NBA for his insensitive remarks.


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