The NBA fined Knicks F Amar'e Stoudemire $50,000 Tuesday in response to his use of a gay slur in a Direct Message to a Twitter user who had baited him over the weekend. The user had taken screenshots of the messages Stoudemire sent and posted them.
It's disappointing that Stoudemire, one of the more culturally aware players in the league, would resort to such language. It's a disgrace for the Knicks and the league, and as was the case with both Bryant and Noah, there's absolutely no excuse for it. Stoudemire shouldn't be responding to nonsense trolls on Twitter in the first place, but more importantly, that terminology shouldn't be used by anyone. But it was. And it's maybe a sign that Stoudemire's cultural exploration and reading selections don't result in a higher sensitivity.
Regrettable, in every way.