NBA likely to review gay slur on Twitter by Amar'e

Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire talks to the Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire talks to the media as the team cleans out its lockers the day after being eliminated from the playoffs by Miami. (May 10, 2012) Photo Credit: Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy

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The NBA is expected to review an exchange on Twitter between Amar'e Stoudemire and a fan in which Stoudemire used foul language and a gay slur.

An NBA spokesman said in an email Sunday night that he's sure the matter "will be reviewed" by the league.

The exchange, which was confirmed by a source close to Stoudemire as being sent by the Knicks star, occurred Saturday when a Knicks fan, whose twitter handle is @BFerrelli, tweeted a message to Stoudemire: "You better come back stronger and quicker to make up for last season." The tweet included an obscenity at the end.

Stoudemire responded with a direct message, which can only be seen by the recipient. The response included foul language and a gay slur. The response was posted by @BFerrelli on his public Twitter page for all users to see.

Early Sunday morning, Stoudemire sent @BFerrelli an apology via direct message, which @BFerrelli also then posted publicly. In the apology, Stoudemire said: "I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro. No Excuses. Won't happen again."

A source close to Stoudemire confirmed that it was Stoudemire who sent both direct messages to @BFerrelli. The Knicks had no comment.

Stoudemire is in Spain working at a basketball camp. He has tweeted since the exchanges but didn't reference the exchange.

He did, however, retweet a positive tweet from @BFerrelli and wrote, "Thx bro 1love, big year next year !!"

The fan later tweeted to Stoudemire: "@Amareisreal sooo after all this that happened can I get a follow back or tickets to a game lol or is that pushing it?"

The NBA has a public service announcement featuring Stoudemire's former Suns teammate Grant Hill in which he encourages people not to use gay slurs.

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