I’m not sure where the line is drawn between being offended and thus defending yourself, and just being plain ignorant. Knicks big man Amar’e Stoudemire recently walked that line, as he apparently direct messaged one of his Twitter followers, calling him a “fag.” The incident stemmed from the fan sending Stoudemire a message on the Twitter social network about working hard in the off-season, after which Amar’e sent the fan a direct message that only the fan could read:
Whoa. Talk about being overly sensitive. That’s not the way you should respond to fans who generate the revenue to pay your salary, Mr. Stoudemire. Fans have the right to voice their opinions, and the fan who Tweeted you didn’t say anything too terrible to warrant that kind of response. At least next time man up and do it in public. Pff.