Amare Stoudemire allegedly tweeted a gay slur to a fan on Sunday, the New York Daily News reports.
Stoudemire reportedly responded to New York Knicks fan Brian Ferrelli’s tweet that he’d “better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season.”
Stoudemire’s alleged reply via Twitter: “F— you! I don’t have to do any thing f–.”
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Ferrelli, known on Twitter as Knicks superfan “B ForReal!,” took a screen shot of Stoudemire’s tweet and retweeted it for all to see.
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The Daily News has more:
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.
Stoudemire was in Milan on Sunday and did not respond to requests for comment. His agent, Happy Walters, declined to comment and referred the Daily News to Stoudemire’s Twitter apology.
A source close to Stoudemire said the b-baller was kicking himself for the slipup.
“He made a big mistake, and he wishes he could take the whole thing back,” the source said.
Ferrelli said he didn’t want to exacerbate the Twitter dustup by commenting 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.