According to Deadspin
, The fan, @BFerrelli
tweeted to the veteran NBA star, "You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnn deadasss!!" Ama're (@AmareisReal
) responded through Direct Message: "F*ck you. I don't have to do anything fag."
The LA Times
reports that the fan took a screen capture of the image and tweeted it for all his followers to see. Many websites reportedly picked up on the incident. Later, Amar'e sent another message apologizing to the fan. The fan shared that message with all his followers as well.
An NBA spokesman told Newsday
Sunday night that he's sure the matter "will be reviewed" by the league.
The NBA has a public service announcement featuring Stoudemire's former Phoenix Suns teammate Grant Hill telling people not to use gay slurs.
According to the NY Post
this is not the first time Amar'e has taken an angry tone with a Knicks fan. A fan named Drew Austin told the Post about an exchange he had with Stoudemire just 2 weeks ago. Austin questioned Stoudemire sitting courtside in Miami for a playoff game against the Boston Celtics and Amar'e reportedly replied in 4 different tweets saying "You can't control my life." "Don't breathe down my neck." "I'm not a rookie." "You have much more to worry about than another man."
Austin then informed Tommy Dee, who runs the Knicks Blog, about the situation. Dee posted part of that exchange on the blog.
"I'm not the first person who has told me Amar'e has direct messaged in that tone," Austin told the Post
. "He seems very sensitive and defensive with the fans, insecure or something."