NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Amar'e Stoudemire attends the Land Rover Manhattan and Gotham Magazine host the launch of 2012 Range Rover Evoque and October Issue with Amar'e Stoudemire at Land Rover of Manhattan on October 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Manhattan Automobile Company)
After conducting an "investigation" (which can't have taken more than a few minutes), the NBA settled on a punishment for Amar'e Stoudemire. As I detailed in full over here, Amar'e overreacted to an obnoxious mention from one of his Twitter followers by calling him a "fag" via direct message, then apologized a few hours later. Marc Berman:
Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 for using what the league termed "offensive and derogatory language'' in a Twitter message, NBA disciplinarian Stu Jackson announced Tuesday.
So, it sounds like the league punished Stoudemire more for the use of the slur than for the spirit of the message and the rest of its content, which makes sense to me. I don't blame him for snapping back at a rude Twitter follower (though he's surely better off just ignoring stuff like that), but the choice of epithet was disappointing (and totally impermissible at P&T, in case I haven't made that clear. Let's just not call each other names at all, please.). Amar'e seems like a kind, well-meaning individual who genuinely regrets losing his temper and using a pretty shitty, hateful word. And if he didn't regret it before, I bet he regrets it 50 thousand dollars later. Oh well.