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

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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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