Amar’e Stoudemire apologizes for homophobic comments to Israeli website

March 2, 2017 18:07
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Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire apologized for making homophobic comments to an Israeli website, saying his remarks were “offensive” but meant to be “taken as jokes.”

“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday evening. “These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and all my answers had a comedic undertone.”

In an interview with the Hebrew-language news site Walla posted Tuesday, Stoudemire and some Hapoel Jerusalem teammates were asked whether they would have a problem with a gay teammate

The other players indicated it would not be an issue. But Stoudemire, in a response caught on video, 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 — take a different route to the gym.”

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