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Knicks’ Stoudemire Is Fined $50,000 by NBA for Offensive Tweet

New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire sits courtside with his fiancee Alexis Welch watch the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Photographer: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire sits courtside with his fiancee Alexis Welch watch the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Photographer: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

June 27 (Bloomberg) -- New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for using a gay slur in a Twitter message.

Stoudemire, who had a $19.9 million salary last season, was involved in an exchange with a Knicks fan on June 23 when he used “offensive and derogatory language,” NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said.

Stoudemire received a Twitter message with an obscenity from the fan and responded with a direct message that included the slur. The message from Stoudemire became public when the recipient re-tweeted it, leading Stoudemire to apologize in a follow-up message.

Stoudemire previously made headlines when he cut his hand and required surgery after punching a fire extinguisher case following a playoff loss to the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-10 Stoudemire was the Knicks’ second-leading scorer last season, averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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