Updated Tuesday, 3:53 p.m. PST
The NBA has concluded their investigation following Amar'e Stoudemire's use of a gay slur towards a fan over Twitter last week. They've also levied a punishment.
Read their official statement after the jump.
The NBA writes: "Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks has been fined $50,000 for using offensive and derogatory language in a Twitter message, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations."
That's an expensive Tweet. We're thinking Stoudemire will be more careful with his words in the future.
The NBA is investigating Amar'e Stoudemire after the New York Knicks power forward allegedly called a fan a "fag" last week on Twitter. Details follow.
In a direct message sent to a fan who told him to step up his game and called him a "deadass," Stoudemire wrote, "Fuck you. I don't have to do anything fag."
Obviously realizing he made a huge mistake using the gay slur, Stoudemire soon after sent another direct message to the fan to apologize.
"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."
Despite Stoudemire's attempt to atone, the NBA has gotten involved and is investigating the matter.
Reports the NY Post:
A source told The Post the NBA plans to look into the authenticity of a profane direct message allegedly sent by Amar’e Stoudemire to a fan over the weekend. Stoudemire allegedly called the fan a homosexual slur in the direct message, which was forwarded to Deadspin.com via photo.
Stoudemire’s spokesperson did not return several messages the past two days seeking comment on whether Stoudemire actually sent the message.
Last week, GLAAD and Athlete Ally announced a partnership with all five major leagues including the NBA in an effort to educate players about being friendly to the LGBT community. Hopefully Stoudemire will sit in on that meeting.