NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire Apologizes For Homophobic Comments
Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has apologized for a homophobic comment he made regarding showering with a potential gay teammate. Stoudemire currently plays in Israel.
In an interview earlier this week he said:
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner. And I’m going to drive [and] take a different route to the gym.”
When asked whether the remark was meant in jest he stated:
“I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
Following backlash over his remarks he's issued this apology.
“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 and 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.”
Here's video of the original interview: