Amar'e Stoudemire (Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

(The Root) โ€” Ever since last summer, New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire has displayed an uncanny knack for doing the wrong thing. Even worse than being a leading candidate for the Bad Judgment Award, he's also a favorite for the Bad Timing Award.

He attempted a fancy dunk and injured his back during warmups, leading him to miss the second half of a game โ€ฆ in the 2011 playoffs. He punched a glass case surrounding a fire extinguisher and suffered lacerations on his left hand, leading him to miss a game โ€ฆ in the playoffs last month.

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Now Stoudemire has caused himself more grief โ€” and cost himself $50,000 โ€” by unleashing a homophobic slur at a fan on Twitter โ€ฆ during Gay Pride weekend.

The insult wasn't intended for public consumption, sent instead as a direct message. But the fan, Brian Ferrelli, re-tweeted a screen shot of Stoudemire's response to a suggestion that he come back "a lot stronger and quicker" next season.

"Fโ€”- you," reads the direct message. "I don't have to do any thing fag."

Stoudemire realized his gaffe 10 hours later and sent another direct message to Ferrelli: "I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off a plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No Excuses. Won't happen again."

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That didn't stop the league from slapping Stoudemire with a $50,000 fine, which prompted another mea culpa: "I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people," he said in a statement. "I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse."

He's absolutely right about those last two points, especially given his interest in the fashion industry, which draws a number of openly gay men. Stoudemire has collaborated on a women's collection with Rachel Roy and been featured in a Vogue spread. Last weekend in Milan, he attended a dinner hosted by Calvin Klein and disclosed plans for a men's fashion line.

Stoudemire is the latest athlete to show signs of being a nit-Twit, but he's not the first and won't be the last. In October, NBA forward Kenyon Martin fired off a host of Tweets attacking his "haters," calling them names, threatening to kick their asses, talking about their mamas and hoping they catch AIDS. That moved his to No. 1 among athletes' infamous tweets, replacing NFL halfback Rashard Mendenhall's thoughts on Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Having proved himself prone to emotional outbursts, perhaps Stoudemire should delete his Twitter account. Or at least seek a second opinion before he hits "Tweet."

Deron Snyder's Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.