Amar’e Stoudemire thought he was being funny by cracking more homophobic jokes

Former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire cracked some blatantly homophobic jokes with reporters, highlighting a second incident in his career where he has crossed the line.

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.

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