The former NBA star, now playing ball for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League, responded to a hypothetical question about playing with a gay teammate by saying this:
“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.”
Asked if he was joking, Stoudemire responded, “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
Most of his teammates said they wouldn’t take issue with a gay teammate.
Stoudemire’s hateful language isn’t new. In 2012, he was fined $50,000 after he tweeted a gay slur. He was forced into an apology at the time, saying “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.”
Unfortunately, “should have known better,” and “actually being better” are two different things, Amar’e.