The NBA has fined Amare Stoudemire $50,000 for calling a fan a “fag” on Twitter. The fan originally tweeted “you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!” So Amare’s comment back to him “really one-ups” this ridiculous taunt. The language, or even the fact that he dignified the fans taunting with response, was really uncalled for, but does it really qualify as an anti-gay slur in this context?
The NBA certainly thinks so, because they have fined him $50,000 for the tweet. No word on what the NBA is going to do with the money. I suggest it be donated to victims of actual homosexual hate related crimes. This is really the only fair way to do this. The comment was not really meant in hatred toward homosexuals, but the NBA doesn’t need to get any money out of this.
The tweets have since been taken down, but Amare Retweeted a hate tweet he got from an anonymous account (warning: it is offensive):
@Amareisreal Fuck you! You are the pussy ass nigger faggot! Somebody needs to fucking lynch your nigger ass and cut off your nigger head.