Amar’e Stoudemire made some controversial remarks about gay athletes during a recent interview overseas, and a well-known fellow former NBA player has taken him to task over it.
Stoudemire, who is playing professional ball for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel, told Israeli website Walla Sport that he would not be comfortable playing alongside a gay teammate.
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said, as shown in a clip featured on CBSSports.com. “And I’m going to drive — take a different route to the gym.”
Stoudemire was asked twice if he was joking, and he responded by saying “there’s always truth within a joke.” His other teammates said they would not have a problem with it.
Former NBA player John Amaechi, who is openly gay, blasted Stoudemire for acting childish.
“These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice,” Amaechi told TMZ Sports. “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 (Donald) Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.’”
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