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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Heat apologizes for announcer's Amare dig

By Ian Begley

The Heat on Thursday issued an apology to the Knicks and Amare Stoudemire after Miami's public address announcer used an "inappropriate choice of words" to disparage Stoudemire late in Game 5.

Shortly after Stoudemire picked up his sixth foul in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 106-94 loss, the P.A. announcer at American Airlines Arena, Michael Baiamonte, said Stoudemire "has been extinguished from the game."

The Heat issued an apology on Thursday afternoon.

"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," the team said in a statement. "Both the Miami Heat and Michael Baiamonte apologize to Amar’e and the New York Knicks for the inappropriate choice of words."

Baiamonte's "inappropriate choice of words" was no doubt meant to get the crowd to chuckle. But, in reality, it was a cheap shot at Stoudemire, who suffered lacerations to his left hand when he hit the glass encasing of a fire extinguisher after the Knicks' Game 2 loss.

Sure, the wound was self-inflicted. And Stoudemire was at the butt of plenty of jokes after the incident. But PA announcers are supposed to be a bit more traditional, a bit more buttoned down.

Stoudemire told ESPNNewYork.com after the game that he didn't hear the announcer's cheap shot at the time. But, when it was brought to his attention, he laughed it off.

"That doesn't bother me," he said.

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