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When you disrespect one of Iman Shumpert's teammates, you get your Twitter account suspended. More:
Shumpert has been traveling in Asia for Adidas and the NBA, but has maintained close contact with goings on in New York, especially with the recent signing of Metta World Peace. As he usually is, Shumpert has been very active on Twitter and reacted angrily to a follower with a handle that disparaged Amar'e Stoudemire (We won't promote the handle here because we don't want any copycats looking to flex).
Upon noticing the follower's handle, Shumpert on Monday sent the person a direct message that said, "This ain't funny. It's disrespectful to a man. A father. A warrior. A role model. And one of my good friends. Delete this page."
The person, of course, posted the DM proudly to show off how Shumpert contacted him. Shumpert replied publicly, saying again, "Delete ur profile and do the right thing."
Shortly thereafter, the account was gone.
Shumpert tweeted, "#shotout to the fans for getting that account suspended."
Stoudemire is an easy target for fans because of his contract and his knee issues, which will likely result in him playing under a minutes restriction for the remainder of his career. Twitter, and the internet in general, is well-known to be snark-infested waters.
And while Stoudemire's contract and knees are an issue of great frustration for fans, he is one of the most popular players in the locker room. This is no Eddy Curry. Stoudemire works as hard as anyone on his body to be in the best shape possible. In this case, unlike Curry or Jerome James of the past, it's not the man who is failing his body, it's the body that is failing the man (with exception, of course, to the Miami fire extinguisher incident of 2012).
The players see that and are extra-protective of Stoudemire for it, as evidenced by Shumpert's fierce reaction.
Was Shumpert right to admonish the fan?