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NBA Fines Player After Anti-Gay Tweet to Fan

The New York Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire joined an unfortunate group of professional athletes over the weekend when he tweeted an anti-gay slur at a fan.

The fan was critical of Stoudemire in a tweet, and the NBA player sent the fan a direct message, calling the fan a familiar derogatory term that that has been dropped by other professional athletes in recent months.

The NBA took swift action against Stoudemire and fined him $50,000. Stoudemire apologized to the fan before the fine was handed down, and later released a statement.

“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” he said. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”

HRC applauds the NBA for its response and its continued vigilance in fighting homophobia.

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