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.
The New York Post reports that, according to sources, the NBA will investigate the incident. The league reportedly will investigate the authenticity of tweets in question and determine whether or not Stoudemire actually sent any of the them, according to The Post.