(June 29, 2012) New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has apologized for using a homophobic slur directed at a fan on Twitter.

According to BET News, the incident began June 23 when a fan sent a Tweet to Stoudemire blaming him for the Knicks’ failure this season.
“You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannn,” the fan wrote.

Shortly thereafter, Stoudemire responded in a direct message, “F–k you. I don’t have to do anything f-g.”

According to Yahoo News, the fan took a screenshot of Stoudemire’s response and broadcasted it to the world.

The NBA star later apologized for using the word in an interview with TMZ.

“I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off the plane and had time to think about it,” he said. “Sorry bro!! No excuses. Won’t happen again.”

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

The NBA ultimately fined the athlete $50,000, calling his comments “offensive and derogatory language.”

A source close to Stoudemire told The New York Daily News that the NBA star is kicking himself for his actions.

“He made a big mistake,” the source said. “He wishes he could take the whole thing back.”