What you tweet can, and will, be used against you in the form of a screenshot…SMH
In a case of atrocious timing, Knicks superstar Amar’e Stoudemire chose Gay Pride weekend to hurl a homophobic slur at a fan on Twitter.
The NBA All-Star sent the crude remark Saturday in a direct message response to Brian Ferrelli’s tweet that he’d “better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season.”
Ferrelli — known on Twitter as Knicks superfan “B ForReal!” — didn’t keep their covert exchange to himself.
He retweeted for public consumption a screen-save of Stoudemire’s direct message, including its anti-gay slur: “F— you! I don’t have to do any thing f–.”
Once Ferrelli’s tweet of Stoudemire’s derogatory comment became a trend topic on Twitter and blew up on the sports blog Deadspin.com, the player made a quick mea culpa.
“I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off a plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No Excuses. Won’t happen again,” Stoudemire wrote in another direct message, which Ferrelli posted for all to see on Twitter.
The fan, Brain Ferrilli, has been asked for statements numerous times since this story broke, but says he doesn’t wish to embarrass Stoudemire any further.
“I don’t want to make this situation any bigger than it already is. He apologized and I accepted it,” Ferrelli told The News in a tweet.
If you remember, Amare isn’t the only NBA player to find himself in hot water behind an “f-bomb”
In 2011, NBA Commissioner David Stern fined Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the same homophobic word against a referee during a game.
Bryant apologized but said the comment should not have been “taken literally.” Stern called his remark “offensive and inexcusable.”
You gon’ learn today Amare! You gon’ learn today…
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