Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire is under fire regarding comments he made during an interview with Walla Sport, an Israeli website, ESPN reports.
In the segment Stoudemire is asked: “Would you have a problem with a gay teammate?”
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said in response. “And I’m going to drive — take a different route to the gym.”
He doubled down when the reporter asked if he was joking, saying, “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
Stoudemire currently plays for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League. Stoudemire, who began his career with the Phoenix Suns followed by an eight stint on the New York Knicks, also played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat before retiring from the NBA in July.
The Walla Sport interview is the second reported incident where Stoudemire spoke out of turn regarding the LGBTQ community.
In 2012 Stoudemire lashed out on twitter, calling a Knicks fan a “f—–” after he was criticized about his season performance.
He eventually apologized after the NBA fined him $50,000.
“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” Stoudemire said. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”
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