Amar’e Stoudemire Apologizes For Saying He Wouldn’t Shower With Gay Teammate; Says It Was Meant as Joke
Just a few days ago, retired NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who currently plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League and the EuroCup, made some comments about what he would do if he had a gay teammate, and it upset some people.
“I would shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner, and drive, take a different route to the gym,” he replied.
Asked if he was joking, STAT answered: “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
On Thursday, Amar’e Stoudemire issued an apology for those remarks.
“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” Stoudemire said in a statement through his Israeli pro team, Hapoel Jerusalem. “These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and all my answers had a comedic undertone. The answers I gave were meant to be taken as jokes and I am deeply sorry for offending anyone.”
His original answer prompted former NBA players John Amaechi and Jason Collins, who are both gay, to speak out towards him:
— John Amaechi OBE (@JohnAmaechi) March 1, 2017
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 1, 2017