Amar'e Stoudemire Catches Heat For Homophobic Statements
"I'm going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner," said Stoudemire.
Amar'e Stoudemire has taken his basketball talents to Israeli Premier League, a far cry from his days of NBA dominance. When a reporter asked members of the Hapoel Jerusalem their feelings about having a gay teammate, most said they would not have a problem or an issue with the player's personal choice. The sentiment changed when the cameras uncomfortably got to the six-time NBA All-Star.
Stoudemire told Walla Sport, "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." When asked if he was joking, Stoudemire replied with a smirk. "I mean, there's always a truth within a joke," he said.
Back in 2012 while Stoudemire was a member of the New York Knicks, he was caught in the middle of some controversy after sending a vulgar DM responding to a fan who tweeted, "[Amar'e] better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season.”
— John Amaechi OBE (@JohnAmaechi) March 1, 2017
STAT answered with a private direct message, writing, "F**k you! I don’t have to do anything f*gg*t," but later apologized after being reprimanded with a $50,000 fine from the NBA.
Stoudemire publicly apologized after the hefty fine, stating, "I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse."