The Miami Heat released a statement Thursday apologizing for public address announcer Michael Baiamonte’s use of the word “extinguished” when announcing that Amar’e Stoudemire fouled out of Wednesday’s game. The comment was obviously in reference to Stoudemire injuring his hand after smashing a fire extinguisher following the Knicks’ Game 2 loss to the Heat.
“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,” the Heat said in a statement Thursday. “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 said after the game that the comment didn’t bother him.