The Phoenix Suns love Twitter. Most of the roster has a Twitter, and even head coach Alvin Gentry has joined the fun (although he doesn’t use it much).
Jared Dudley is probably the most active tweeter on the team and regularly plugs his Twitter, asking for more followers. But it wasn’t Dudley who got himself in trouble on the wildly popular social networking site.
The NBA fined Suns forward Amare Stoudemire $7,500 on Sunday for tweeting during the team’s 126-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, a violation of the league’s policy on social media.
The tweet in question concerning a trivia contest winner has since been removed, and Stoudemire later tweeted the following:
Hey tweeps! U might have received a tweet earlier this evening. I’m a talented guy, but not that skilled to play & tweet at the same time…
I had my good friend Super Fan Jay, u might remember him from last years all star campaign, help out with my twitter contest this time…
The league decided that wasn’t explanation enough and fined Stoudemire. Amare’s agent, Happy Walters, told The Arizona Republic he will appeal the fine.
Stoudemire wasn’t the only one to have the hammer fall on his head. Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler was also fined for the same violation, which occurred during Charlotte’s 116-81 win over the Raptors the same night.
The NBA announced its new social media policy in late September, but it appears some of the players didn’t get that memo.