Heat Apologize For Announcement that Amar'e Stoudemire Was "Extinguished" From Game
You might have missed it if you were watching the game on television last night, but the arena announcer at the AAA got in a pretty A+ zinger when Amar'e Stoudemire fouled out of last night's game.
"He has been extinguished from the game," shouted announcer Michael Baiamonte.
Because, you know, last time Amar'e was at AAA he punched a fire extinguisher. There's a video clip with clear audio over at Deadspin.
As much as we like the idea of the entire Heat organization being taunting jackasses (at least toward a New York sports team), the team has now offered up an official apology:
"Last night at our game, our PA Announcer had a momentary lapse of judgment and used a poor choice of words in describing Amare Stoudemire's fouling out of the game. This is not who we are as an organization or who he is as an announcer. Both the Miami Heat and Michael Baiamonte apologize to Amare and the New York Knicks for the inappropriate choice of words."
Stoudemire himself laughed off the comment, and apparently playing "Hit the Road, Jack" when an opposing player fouls out is standard practice at AAA. We're not sure how that's any less taunting. Whatever, the team apologized. Good for them. Meanwhile, we're still waiting for an official apology from Stoudemire for defacing our damn property.
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