Amar’e Stoudemire Apologizes For Homophobic Comments
Amar’e Stoudemire is apologizing for homophobic comments he made during an interview in Israel. See video below.
The former New York Knicks player, who is now playing basketball overseas, was asked during an on-camera chat about having a gay teammate. Stoudemire is seen saying in response, “I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner, and drive — take a different route to the gym.” Asked if he was joking, he replied, “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
And now Stoudemire is claiming that he was indeed trying to be funny, even misguidedly so. The athlete says in a statement to TMZ, “I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community. 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 & I am deeply sorry for offending anyone. I am open to creating a dialogue to assist the fight the LGBT community encounters daily and will continue to focus on playing basketball,” he says.
Stoudemire has been roundly criticized for his original remarks. Among those who have slammed him is Jason Collins, who was the first active NBA player to come out as gay in 2013. And Stoudemire has a history of making questionable comments related to the LGBT community, having been fined for using a gay slur in 2012.
Ironically, this new incident went public just days after he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Israel for his “efforts to promote diversity and tolerance.” See a clip of the controversial interview below.