Ex-NBA Player John Amaechi Rips Amar’e For Anti-Gay Comments: ‘Don’t Be Like Trump’

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Former Orlando Magic player John Amaechi was the first NBA player to come out as gay—after he retired.  Not surprisingly, he wasn’t too happy when he heard the recent comments from former NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire.

Amaechi spoke with TMZ and this is what he had to say about Stoudemire’s comments:

“These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice,” Amaechi told us. 

“There is already one too many of those holding court in the media, and the world is poorer for it. Within the world of sport there are plenty of true role models — on and off the floor — whose words are carefully chosen to uplift and integrate society not join Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.'”

“In these tumultuous times, these true role models are the men and women whose voices we need to disseminate to every corner, not a braying jackass making a desperate grab for relevance amongst a constituency destined for extinction.”

“Lastly, could someone please tell this man to stop flattering himself. It’s embarrassing.”

Amar’e Stoudemire, who currently plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League and the EuroCup, said this when asked if he would have an issue with having a gay teammate.

“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.”

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