New York Knicks

Iman Shumpert Helps Suspend Twitter Account That Mocked Amar'e Stoudemire

Jan 14 2012; Oklahoma City  OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) gets the rebound against New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) and guard Iman Shumpert (21) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2013

Policing Twitter is just what Iman Shumpert does.

Upon coming into contact with the Twitter handle "@AmarKnee," a parody account dedicated to making a mockery of Amar'e Stoudemire's health, Shumpert took care of business like only he can.

Shump sent the user a direct message, as first reported by MSG Networks' Alan Hahn (h/t Dime Magazine).

"This ain't funny," the message read (via Hahn). "It's disrespectful to a man. A father. A warrior. A role model. And one of my good friends. Delete this page."

Because we live in an age where being blacklisted by a professional athlete is apparently something to be proud of, the Twitter user posted Shumpert's message for the world to see.

Not to be outdone or used as a stepping stone for self-fives, Shumpert responded in kind, once again imploring the social-media delinquent to delete their profile.

And you thought chivalry, like disco, was dead.

Justice was inevitably served following Shump's vigilance when the account in question was suspended

Before the debacle could be completely put to bed, one generous Twitter user offered to reveal the identity of the unsuspecting dolt who jousted with Shumpert on the Internet and lost. 

Messing with STAT isn't just a pet peeve of Shump's. New York Knicks fans will readily admit his contract is beyond ridiculous, but they, like his teammates, see the work the six-time All-Star puts in.

Stoudemire's failures have never been the product of a deficient work ethic. All he is guilty of is accepting the money New York voluntarily offered him before falling victim to a string of unfortunate injuries.

Diehards are also quick to remember that without STAT, there is potentially no Carmelo Anthony. Devoid of a linchpin with enough clout to lure in other stars, the Knicks could still be wallowing in the James Dolan- and Isiah Thomas-induced Dark Ages.

Let this be a lesson in proper online etiquette then. Mess with Amar'e at your own risk, because if the high top doesn't get you, the rest of New York will.

 

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